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Crime in Urban Areas: An Empirical Investigation

Gumus, Erdal (2003): Crime in Urban Areas: An Empirical Investigation. Published in: Akdeniz İ.İ.B.F. Dergisi , Vol. 4, No. 7 (2004): pp. 98-109.


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Crime is an illness that attacks rights of individuals. It therefore interests everybody in a society. It is argued that as urbanization increases so does crime. The purpose of this paper is to empirically investigate the determinants of crime in urban areas by using cross-sectional data. The results we get indicate that per capita income, income inequality, population, and present of black population are all important determinants of urban crime. Our results also confirm previous empirical studies on the subject.

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