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Long-term unemployment and violent crime

Martin Nordin () and Daniel Almén ()
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Daniel Almén: Stockholm University

Empirical Economics, 2017, vol. 52, issue 1, 1-29

Abstract: Abstract This study reinvestigates the relationship between unemployment and crime, but is the first to focus explicitly on the effects of long-term unemployment on crime. A unique finding is that long-term unemployment shows a strong association with violent crime, an effect which is greater than that of total unemployment on property crime in this and most previous studies. Long-term unemployment thus identifies a marginal group for committing crime (particularly violent crime) better than total unemployment, with the duration of unemployment plausibly increasing the strain that fosters violent behaviour.

Keywords: Crime; Violent crime; Unemployment; Long-term unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J2 K14 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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