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Flashy purchases are associated with higher levels of violent crime in the U.S.

Hicks, Daniel L. and Hicks, Joan Hamory (2014) Flashy purchases are associated with higher levels of violent crime in the U.S. LSE American Politics and Policy (04 Aug 2014). Website.

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Abstract

From the Occupy Wall Street movement, to Thomas Piketty’s more recent Capital in the Twenty-first Century, the notion of inequality has become increasingly prescient to politicians and the public in general. In new research, Daniel L. Hicks and Joan Hamory Hicks find that one very visible aspect of that inequality, conspicuous consumption by the rich, is associated with higher levels of violent crime. They write that one potential explanation for their findings is that rising inequality could then increase feelings of relative deprivation among those who are unable to succeed legally, and lead them to commit crimes against their neighbors.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 09:34
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59373

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