Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36146
Authors: 
Bjerk, David
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4470
Abstract: 
This paper develops a model of crime analyzing how such behavior is associated with individual and neighborhood poverty. The model shows that even under relatively minimal assumptions, a connection between individual poverty and both property and violent crimes will arise, and moreover, neighborhood effects can develop, but will differ substantially in nature across crime types. A key implication is that greater economic segregation in a city should have no effect or a negative effect on property crime, but a positive effect on violent crime. Using IV methods, I show this implication to be consistent with the empirical evidence.
Subjects: 
Poverty
crime
neighborhood effects
segregation
instrumental variables
public housing
JEL: 
K42
I38
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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