DP4028 The Spatial Aspects of Crime

Author(s): Yves Zenou
Publication Date: August 2003
Keyword(s): distance to jobs, location, social interaction
JEL(s): K42, R10
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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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.