Baharom, A.H. and Habibullah, M.S. (2008): Crime and Income Inequality: The Case of Malaysia.
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This paper examines the causality between income inequality and crime in Malaysia for the period 1973-2003. Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) bounds testing procedure is employed to (1) analyze the impact of income inequality on various categories of criminal activities as well as to (2) analyze the impact of various categories of criminal activities on income inequality. Interestingly our results indicate that income inequality has no meaningful relationship with any of the various categories of crime selected, such as total crime, violent crime, property crime, theft and burglary. Crime exhibits neither long-run nor short run relationships with income inequality and they are not cointegrated. It cannot be denied that there is ambiguity in the empirical studies of crime economics regarding various income variables leading to often mixed and contradicting results, which might be a good explanation of this finding.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Crime and Income Inequality: The Case of Malaysia|
|Keywords:||Income inequality; crime; bounds testing; Malaysia|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy > E24 - Employment ; Unemployment ; Wages ; Intergenerational Income Distribution ; Aggregate Human Capital ; Aggregate Labor Productivity
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E0 - General > E00 - General
|Depositing User:||Baharom Abdul Hamid|
|Date Deposited:||03. Dec 2008 06:27|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 01:47|
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