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Title: The Spatial Aspects of Crime

Author(s): Yves Zenou

Publication Date: August 2003

Keyword(s): distance to jobs, location and social interaction

Programme Area(s): Public Economics

Abstract: This Paper aims to explain the spatial variations of crime, both between and within cities. Two types of mechanisms are put forward: social interactions that stipulate that an individual is more likely to commit crime if his peers commit than if they do not commit crime; and distance to jobs that indicates that remote residential location induces individuals to commit more crime. Both mechanisms are shown to have strong empirical support.

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Zenou, Y. 2003. 'The Spatial Aspects of Crime'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.