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Crime and mobility during the COVID-19 lockdown: a preliminary empirical exploration

Lydia Cheung and Philip Gunby

New Zealand Economic Papers, 2022, vol. 56, issue 1, 106-113

Abstract: In this research note, we document the decrease in victimisation rates during the COVID-19 lockdown period in New Zealand. We show that the changes in mobility patterns in the same period are significantly correlated with these changes in crime rates. We discuss how our preliminary empirical results accord with the theories of crime in economics and criminology.

Date: 2022
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