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Economic Factors of Victimization: Evidence from Germany

Horst Entorf ()

German Economic Review, 2015, vol. 16, issue 4, 391-407

Abstract: type="main" xml:id="geer12075-abs-0001"> Victimization is a poorly studied topic in economic research. This paper considers economic factors of victimization using individual data. It tests the rational-choice-based hypothesis that the more attractive and poorly guarded targets are facing a higher risk of victimization. The used dataset also covers own criminal activities such that individual offending behavior can be studied as endogenous driver of victimization. Econometric results confirm that a criminal background is one of the major reasons of own victimization. In line with rational choice behavior of offenders, victimization is also associated with being a job holder and more schooling. Moreover, large peer groups increase the risk of victimization, whereas married and healthy people have a significantly lower risk of becoming a crime victim.

Date: 2015
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