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Thieves, thugs, and neighborhood poverty

David Bjerk ()

Journal of Urban Economics, 2010, vol. 68, issue 3, 231-246

Abstract: This paper develops a model of crime analyzing how such behavior is associated with individual and neighborhood poverty. The model shows that even under relatively minimal assumptions, a connection between individual poverty and both property and violent crimes will arise, and moreover, "neighborhood" effects can develop, but will differ substantially in nature across crime types. A key implication is that greater economic segregation in a city should have no effect or a negative effect on property crime, but a positive effect on violent crime. Using IV methods, I show this implication to be consistent with the empirical evidence.

Keywords: Crime; Segregation; Neighborhood; effects; Instrumental; variables; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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