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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fernandez, Holman & Pepper on Crime and Living Wage Ordinances

Jose M. Fernandez Thomas Holman and John V. Pepper (University of Louisville - Department of Economics , affiliation not provided to SSRN and University of Virginia (UVA) - Department of Economics) have posted The Impact of Living Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

We examine the impact of living wages on crime. Past research has found that living wages appear to increase unemployment while providing greater returns to market work. The impact on crime, therefore, is unclear. Using data on annual crime rates for large cities in the United States, we find that living wage ordinances are associated with notable reductions in property related crime and little impact on non-property crimes.

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