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What is the relationship between unemployment and rape? Evidence from a panel of European regions

Raul Caruso ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper analyzes the relationship between unemployment and rape in a panel of European regions. In particular, this paper is intended to test whether an ‘opportunity perspective’ holds for rape. The ‘opportunity perspective’ interprets the level of unemployment as an indicator of ‘social inactivity’, so that a negative relationship between violent crime and unemployment is predicted. Results show that rape and unemployment are positively associated so not confirming the opportunity perspective. Results are robust using alternative dependent variables, namely (i) the count of rape; (ii) the rape rate per 100,000 people.

Keywords: rape; sexual assault; violent crime; opportunity perspective; unemployment; youth unemployment; intimate and spousal violence. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I29 J12 J18 J64 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-03
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