EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Breaks and Convergence in U.S. Regional Crime Rates: Analysis of Their Presence and Implications

Steve Cook () and Duncan Watson ()
Additional contact information
Steve Cook: School of Management, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
Duncan Watson: School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

Social Sciences, 2013, vol. 2, issue 3, 1-11

Abstract: The literature examining the relative properties of U.S. regional crime rates is extended. Using a novel method, convergence in alternative classifications of crime is detected over the period 1965 to 2009. Subsequent statistical analysis identifies distinct epochs in the evolution of crime which match those noted anecdotally in the literature. The findings concerning convergence within these epochs prove interesting, with results found to vary both between the alternative crime classifications and through time. In particular, evidence of divergence is noted which contrasts starkly with other results for earlier and later periods. Potential explanations for the observed results, their importance for policy and their implications for theory and future research are discussed.

Keywords: crime; convergence; breaks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A B N P Y80 Z00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/2/3/180/pdf (application/pdf)
https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/2/3/180/ (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:2:y:2013:i:3:p:180-190:d:28208

Access Statistics for this article

Social Sciences is currently edited by Prof. Dr. Martin J. Bull

More articles in Social Sciences from MDPI, Open Access Journal
Bibliographic data for series maintained by XML Conversion Team ().

 
Page updated 2020-06-02
Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:2:y:2013:i:3:p:180-190:d:28208