Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96730
Authors: 
Cornaglia, Francesca
Feldman, Naomi E.
Leigh, Andrew
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8014
Abstract: 
We provide empirical evidence of crime's impact on the mental wellbeing of both victims and non-victims. We differentiate between the direct impact to victims and the indirect impact to society due to the fear of crime. The results show a decrease in mental wellbeing after violent crime victimization and that the violent crime rate has a negative impact on mental wellbeing of non-victims. Property crime victimization and property crime rates show no such comparable impact. Finally, we estimate that society-wide compensation due to increasing the crime rate by one victim is about 80 times more than the direct impact on the victim.
Subjects: 
crime
mental wellbeing
neighbourhood effects
non-victims
JEL: 
I31
R28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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