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Crime and Social Media

Simplice Asongu (), Jacinta Nwachukwu (), Stella-Maris Orim () and Chris Pyke ()
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Jacinta Nwachukwu: Preston,United Kingdom
Stella-Maris Orim: Coventry University, UK
Chris Pyke: Preston, United Kingdom

No 19/003, Research Africa Network Working Papers from Research Africa Network (RAN)

Abstract: Purpose-The study complements the scant macroeconomic literature on the development outcomes of social media by examining the relationship between Facebook penetration and violent crime levels in a cross-section of 148 countries for the year 2012. Design/methodology/approach-The empirical evidence is based on Ordinary Least Squares (OLS), Tobit and Quantile regressions. In order to respond to policy concerns on the limited evidence on the consequences of social media in developing countries, the dataset is disaggregated into regions and income levels. The decomposition by income levels included: low income, lower middle income, upper middle income and high income. The corresponding regions include: Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Findings-From OLS and Tobit regressions, there is a negative relationship between Facebook penetration and crime. However, Quantile regressions reveal that the established negative relationship is noticeable exclusively in the 90th crime quantile. Further, when the dataset is decomposed into regions and income levels, the negative relationship is evident in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while a positive relationship is confirmed for sub-Saharan Africa. Policy implications are discussed. Originality/value- Studies on the development outcomes of social media are sparse because of a lack of reliable macroeconomic data on social media. This study primarily complemented five existing studies that have leveraged on a newly available dataset on Facebook.

Keywords: Crime; Social media; ICT; Global evidence; Social networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 D83 O30 D74 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-01
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