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The Effect of Local Area Crime on Mental Health

Dustmann, C; Fasani, F; (2016) The Effect of Local Area Crime on Mental Health. The Economic Journal , 126 (593) pp. 978-1017. 10.1111/ecoj.12205. Green open access

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Abstract

This study analyses the effect of local crime rates on residents' mental health. Using longitudinal information on individuals' mental well-being, we address the problem of sorting and endogenous moving behaviour. We find that crime causes considerable mental distress for residents, primarily driven by property crime. Effects are stronger for females, and mainly related to depression and anxiety. The distress caused by one SD increase in local crime is 2–4 times larger than that caused by a 1 SD decrease in local employment, and about one-seventh of the short-term impact of the 7 July 2005 London Bombings.

Type: Article
Title: The Effect of Local Area Crime on Mental Health
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12205
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12205
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 Royal Economic Society. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dustmann, C; Fasani, F; (2016) The Effect of Local Area Crime on Mental Health. The Economic Journal , 126 (593) pp. 978-1017, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12205. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Economics, Business & Economics, 7 JULY 2005, CONTINGENT VALUATION, GENDER-DIFFERENCES, LIFE SATISFACTION, VIOLENT CRIME, BASE-LINE, FEAR, NEIGHBORHOOD, RISK, CONSEQUENCES
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1499526
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