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Crime and Mobility during the COVID-19 Lockdown: A Preliminary Empirical Exploration

Lydia Cheung and Philip Gunby

Working Papers in Economics from University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance

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.

Keywords: COVID-19; crime; mobility; lockdown (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 R00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 12 pages
Date: 2020-08-01
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