Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84863
Authors: 
Büttner, Thiess
Spengler, Hannes
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics 120
Abstract: 
The paper revisits the local determinants of crime using a spatial model distinguishing between resident and non-resident offenders. Employing data for German municipalities, the model is estimated by means of a spatial GMM approach. Focusing on resident offenders legal earnings opportunities and the expected gain from offenses are found to be important determinants of crime. Also the socio-economic background in terms of unemployment, poverty, and inequality proves significant for both property and violent crime. Whereas local inequality only shows an effect on crime committed by resident offenders, crime committed by non-resident offenders is shown to be significantly related to the characteristics in adjacent municipalities such as unemployment and income.
Subjects: 
Crime
Causes of Crime
Cross-Sectional Study
Spatial Econometrics
Crime Spillovers
Neighborhood Effects
Instrumental Variables
JEL: 
K42
R19
J61
J19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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