Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/97334
Authors: 
Dustmann, Christian
Fasani, Francesco
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London 712
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the effect of local crime rates on the mental well-being of residents. Our identification strategy addresses the problem of sorting, and endogenous moving behaviour. We find that crime causes considerable mental distress of residents, and that these effects are mainly driven by property crime. However, individuals react also to violent crime, in particular in areas individuals may be exposed to when following their daily routines, such as travel to work. Local crime creates more distress for females, and is mainly related to depression and anxiety. The impact on mental well-being is large: We find that the increase in mental distress following a one standard deviation increase in local crime is about 2-4 times as large as that caused by a one standard deviation decrease in local employment, and about one seventh of the effect experienced in the direct aftermath of the London Bombings of July 7th, 2005.
Subjects: 
Neighbourhood effects
Mental wellbeing
Fear of crime
JEL: 
I18
K42
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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