Empirical Economics

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 1–29

Long-term unemployment and violent crime

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00181-016-1068-6

Cite this article as:
Nordin, M. & Almén, D. Empir Econ (2017) 52: 1. doi:10.1007/s00181-016-1068-6

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Crime Violent crime Unemployment Long-term unemployment 

JEL Classification

J2 K14 K42 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and Management, Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden