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Converging crime rates among European countries? A note

Christos Kollias, Theodosia Leventi and Petros Messis

International Journal of Social Economics, 2018, vol. 45, issue 3, 524-534

Abstract: Purpose - Social change and modernization theories postulate that as countries grow they gradually move toward a condition of similarity in various spheres exhibiting similar economic and social traits. The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether a process of convergence in terms of criminality levels is present in the case of European countries. Design/methodology/approach - The research question at hand is tackled through conventional Findings - The findings reported, herein, are quite uniform irrespective of the empirical methodology employed to investigate the issue at hand. The result points to a process of convergence in terms of crime rates. However, this convergence process, although present and statistically traceable, is a rather gradual one as this is depicted both by the value of the Originality/value - Most of the studies in this strand of the literature focus on investigating the association between economic conditions such as unemployment and crime or on the effectiveness of crime thwarting policies. To the best of the knowledge, this is the first paper that addresses the issue of convergence in terms of crime rates in the case of European countries.

Keywords: Convergence; Crime; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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