Personal indebtedness, spatial effects and crime

Stuart McIntyre, Donald Lacombe

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Abstract

There is a long and detailed history of attempts to understand what causes crime. One of the most prominent strands of this literature has sought to better understand the relationship between economic conditions and crime. An economic argument is that in an attempt to maintain consumption in the face of unemployment, people may resort to sources of illicit income. In a similar manner, we might expect ex ante, that increases in the level of personal indebtedness would be likely to provide similar incentives to engage in criminality. In this paper we seek to understand the spatial pattern of property and theft crimes using a range of socioeconomic variables, including data on the level of personal indebtedness.
LanguageEnglish
Pages455-459
Number of pages5
JournalEconomic Letters
Volume117
Issue number2
Early online date2 Jul 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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Indebtedness
Crime
Spatial effects
Socio-economics
Economics
Criminality
Resorts
Unemployment
Income
Incentives
Economic conditions
Theft

Keywords

  • spatial econometrics
  • crime
  • personal debt

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McIntyre, Stuart ; Lacombe, Donald. / Personal indebtedness, spatial effects and crime. In: Economic Letters. 2012 ; Vol. 117, No. 2. pp. 455-459.
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