Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82199
Authors: 
Nilsson, Anna
Agell, Jonas
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2003:14
Abstract: 
We exploit the exceptional variation in municipality-level unemployment and spending on labor market programs in Sweden during the 1990s to identify the impact of unemployment and programs on crime. We identify a statistically significant effect of unemployment on the incidence of overall crime, burglary, auto-theft and drug possession. A calculation suggests that the sharp reduction in unemployment during the later 1990s may have reduced burglary and auto-theft with 15 and 20 percent, respectively. After addressing several specification issues, we conclude that there is at best weak evidence that labor market programs – general ones and those specifically targeted to the young – help to reduce crime.
Subjects: 
Crime
unemployment
labor market programs
panel data
JEL: 
J00
K40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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