crime and the city

Yves Zenou
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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Crime is unevenly distributed across space and tends to be concentrated in poor areas. Recent theoretical advances show that social interactions and peer effects can explain this pattern because of contagion effects and social multipliers. An individual is more likely to commit crime if his or her peers commit crime than if they do not. Recent empirical findings suggest that, indeed, social interactions and networks are key to understand criminal behaviour in cities.
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Zenou, Yves. "crime and the city." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 29 November 2014 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2008_U000068> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0342

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