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dc.contributor.advisorFanta, Fassil
dc.contributor.authorPiggott, Grace
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-07T15:38:59Z
dc.date.available2017-12-07T15:38:59Z
dc.date.issued2015-04
dc.identifier.citationPiggott, G. (2015). Determinants of violent crime in the U.S. evidence from state level data. University of Wisconsin-Stout Journal of Student Research, 14, 12-22.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/77496
dc.descriptionResearch article with tables and graphs.en
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the determinants of violent crime in the United States. It argues that violent crime is affected by socio-economic and public policy factors. To test the hypothesis, the study uses recent state level data on violent crime from FBI uniform crime reports. Fixed effect regression was used to analyze the data. The results indicated that there is a positive relationship between income inequality and crime. An increase in the level of inequality by one unit will result in an increase in violent crime by 330. We also found that control variables, such as state and local government expenditures on policing and public safety, and community development reduce violent crime. Other factors, such as education and population density are not statistically significant, showing they do not directly affect crime. These results help us better understand the determinants of violent crime and what must be done to reduce criminality in our society. First, there have to be policy measures to diminish the trend towards increased income inequality in order to reduce delinquency. Second, states have to continue dedicating adequate resources towards policing and public safety, and increase community development, in order to reduce crime.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Wisconsin--Stout. Research Servicesen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Wisconsin--Stout. Research Servicesen
dc.rightsAll rights reserved. No part of this journal may be reproduced in any form without the permission of the University of Wisconsin-Stouten
dc.subjectviolent crimeen
dc.subject.lcshPublic safetyen
dc.subject.lcshViolent crimesen
dc.subject.lcshPublic policyen
dc.titleDeterminants of violent crime in the U.S. evidence from state level dataen
dc.typeArticleen


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