Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81214
Authors: 
Zenou, Yves
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IUI Working Paper 651
Abstract: 
We highlight the role of commuting cost, location and housing market in crime decision. By assuming that all crimes are committed in the central business district and that criminals create both positive and negative externalities to each other, we find that high wages or large levels of police resources are a natural way to reduce crime. We also find that bigger cities experience higher levels of crime because of the fiercer competition in the housing market. Finally, we show that reducing commuting costs can also reduce crime because the resulting decrease in housing prices is lower for workers than for criminals.
Subjects: 
Localized Crime
Housing Market
Commuting Cost
JEL: 
J15
K42
R14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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