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The increasing numbers of vacant houses, fuelled by thehousing crisis, are associated with higher burglary rates

Jones, Roderick W. and Pridemore, William Alex (2014) The increasing numbers of vacant houses, fuelled by thehousing crisis, are associated with higher burglary rates. LSE American Politics and Policy (10 Oct 2014). Website.

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Abstract

One of the more visible aspects of the Great Recession and its associated housing crisis has been the rise in the number of vacant homes across the U.S. But has this increase in the number of empty houses had an effect on other social problems such as crime? In new research that uses Census data on home vacancies, and FBI data on crime, Roderick W. Jones and William Alex Pridemore find that when a city’s home vacancy rate increased by one percent, its burglary rate rose by 1.21 percent, but that its robbery rate remained unchanged. They also find that the local unemployment rate is important to this relationship, with higher rates associated with diminished crime rates.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 14:15
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 19:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60332

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