Long-term unemployment and violent crime

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Long-term unemployment and violent crime. / Nordin, Martin; Almén, Daniel.

In: Empirical Economics, Vol. 52, No. 1, 02.2017, p. 1-29.

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Nordin, Martin ; Almén, Daniel. / Long-term unemployment and violent crime. In: Empirical Economics. 2017 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 1-29.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Long-term unemployment and violent crime

AU - Nordin, Martin

AU - Almén, Daniel

PY - 2017/2

Y1 - 2017/2

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Crime

KW - Long-term unemployment

KW - Unemployment

KW - Violent crime

U2 - 10.1007/s00181-016-1068-6

DO - 10.1007/s00181-016-1068-6

M3 - Article

VL - 52

SP - 1

EP - 29

JO - Empirical Economics

JF - Empirical Economics

SN - 0377-7332

IS - 1

ER -