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Labour market conditions and crime in Greece

Christos Kollias and Suzanna-Maria Paleologou

International Journal of Social Economics, 2012, vol. 39, issue 12, 983-1000

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of unemployment on various types of crime in Greece. Design/methodology/approach - A battery of econometric tests, including Granger causality tests, a variance decomposition analysis, and an impulse response analysis are used to explore the nexus between unemployment and 14 different types of crime. Findings - Out of the 14 different types of criminal activity, only in the case of three – vehicle thefts, robberies and contraband & smuggling – was a nexus with unemployment established. Practical implications - Given that such criminal activity is primarily motivated and driven by economic gain, a policy implication is that crime thwarting policies need to be complemented by corresponding labour market interventions, especially in periods of recession, when unemployment emerges as a major problem for disadvantaged social groups. Originality/value - The issue between labour market conditions and crime has not been addressed before in the case of Greece, a country that has experienced a generally growing crime rate.

Keywords: Greece; Crime; Unemployment; Social deviation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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