The crime kuznets curve

We document the existence of a Crime Kuznets Curve in US states since the 1970s. As income levels have risen, crime has followed an inverted U-shaped pattern, first increasing and then dropping. The Crime Kuznets Curve is not explained by income inequality. In fact, we show that during the sample pe...

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Autores Principales: Buonanno, Paolo, Fergusson Talero, Leopoldo, Vargas, Juan F.
Formato: Documento de trabajo (Working Paper)
Lenguaje:Inglés (English)
Publicado: Universidad del Rosario 2014
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Acceso en línea:http://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/10835
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topic Criminología
Crimen::Aspectos Económicos
Delincuencia::Estados Unidos
Modelos matemáticos::Aspectos Sociales
Crime Kuznets Curve
Income inequality
Non-parametric Kernel analysis
spellingShingle Criminología
Crimen::Aspectos Económicos
Delincuencia::Estados Unidos
Modelos matemáticos::Aspectos Sociales
Crime Kuznets Curve
Income inequality
Non-parametric Kernel analysis
Buonanno, Paolo
Fergusson Talero, Leopoldo
Vargas, Juan F.
The crime kuznets curve
description We document the existence of a Crime Kuznets Curve in US states since the 1970s. As income levels have risen, crime has followed an inverted U-shaped pattern, first increasing and then dropping. The Crime Kuznets Curve is not explained by income inequality. In fact, we show that during the sample period inequality has risen monotonically with income, ruling out the traditional Kuznets Curve. Our finding is robust to adding a large set of controls that are used in the literature to explain the incidence of crime, as well as to controlling for state and year fixed effects. The Curve is also revealed in nonparametric specifications. The Crime Kuznets Curve exists for property crime and for some categories of violent crime.
format Documento de trabajo (Working Paper)
author Buonanno, Paolo
Fergusson Talero, Leopoldo
Vargas, Juan F.
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Fergusson Talero, Leopoldo
Vargas, Juan F.
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title The crime kuznets curve
title_short The crime kuznets curve
title_full The crime kuznets curve
title_fullStr The crime kuznets curve
title_full_unstemmed The crime kuznets curve
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spelling ir-10336-108352019-09-19T12:37:01Z The crime kuznets curve Buonanno, Paolo Fergusson Talero, Leopoldo Vargas, Juan F. Criminología Crimen::Aspectos Económicos Delincuencia::Estados Unidos Modelos matemáticos::Aspectos Sociales Crime Kuznets Curve Income inequality Non-parametric Kernel analysis We document the existence of a Crime Kuznets Curve in US states since the 1970s. As income levels have risen, crime has followed an inverted U-shaped pattern, first increasing and then dropping. The Crime Kuznets Curve is not explained by income inequality. In fact, we show that during the sample period inequality has risen monotonically with income, ruling out the traditional Kuznets Curve. Our finding is robust to adding a large set of controls that are used in the literature to explain the incidence of crime, as well as to controlling for state and year fixed effects. The Curve is also revealed in nonparametric specifications. 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