Long-term unemployment and violent crime

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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.

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  • Stockholm University
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  • Economics

Keywords

  • Crime, Long-term unemployment, Unemployment, Violent crime
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
JournalEmpirical Economics
Volume52
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes