DP7467 Unemployment and Right-wing Extremist Crime
|Author(s):||Armin Falk, Andreas Kuhn, Josef Zweimüller|
|Publication Date:||September 2009|
|Keyword(s):||cost of unemployment, Hate crime, right-wing extremism, unemployment|
|JEL(s):||J15, J69, K42|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=7467|
It is frequently argued that unemployment plays a crucial role for the occurrence of right-wing extremist crimes. We empirically test this hypothesis using data from Germany. We find that right-wing criminal activities occur more frequently when unemployment is high. The big difference in right-wing crime between East and West German states can mostly be attributed to differences in unemployment. This finding reinforces the importance of unemployment as an explanatory factor for right-wing crime and questions explanations based solely on the different socialization in former communist East Germany and the liberal West German states.