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Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark

No 2/2013:
A spatial panel data analysis of crime rates in EU

Jørgen T. Lauridsen (), Fatma Zeren () and Ayse Ari ()

Abstract: The study investigates selected factors affecting crime rates in the EU-15 countries during the years 2000 to 2007 with an especial focus on inflation rate, level of education, income and employment. While these topics have been investigated in former studies, the present study adds by introducing spatial panel data methods to the case. Regarding the effects of these factors, the present study obtains results comparable to those from former studies, whereby the robustness of these are confirmed.

Keywords: Determinants of crime rates; cost-benefit analysis of crime; EU countries; spatial panel data analysis; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: A12; C50; K40; (follow links to similar papers)

23 pages, January 10, 2013

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