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How much should we trust crime statistics? A comparison between EU and US

Paolo Buonanno, Francesco Drago, Roberto Galbiati and Pietro Vertova
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Pietro Vertova: University of Bergamo

European Journal of Law and Economics, 2018, vol. 46, issue 3, No 6, 343-357

Abstract: Abstract We discuss measurement issues in crime rates in a cross-country comparative perspective. We show that while homicide and general crime rates follow quite similar patterns in the US this is not always the case in Europe. We provide an explanation of the observed patterns based on the use of fire harms.

Keywords: Crime statistics; Criminal behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s10657-017-9555-6

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