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Does growing up in a high crime neighborhood affect youth criminal behavior?

Damm, AP; Dustmann, C; (2014) Does growing up in a high crime neighborhood affect youth criminal behavior? American Economic Review , 104 (6) pp. 1806-1832. 10.1257/aer.104.6.1806. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of early exposure to neighborhood crime on subsequent criminal behavior of youth exploiting a unique natural experiment between 1986 and 1998 when refugee immigrants to Denmark were assigned to neighborhoods quasi-randomly. We find strong evidence that the share of young people convicted for crimes, in particular violent crimes, in the neighborhood increases convictions of male assignees later in life. No such effects are found for other measures of neighborhood crime including the rate of committed crimes. Our findings suggest social interaction as a key channel through which neighborhood crime is linked to individual criminal behavior.

Type: Article
Title: Does growing up in a high crime neighborhood affect youth criminal behavior?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.6.1806
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/aer.104.6.1806
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038985
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