Assessing Macro-Level Predictors and Theories of Crime: A Meta-Analysis

@article{Pratt2005AssessingMP,
  title={Assessing Macro-Level Predictors and Theories of Crime: A Meta-Analysis},
  author={Travis C. Pratt and Francis T Cullen},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  year={2005},
  volume={32},
  pages={373 - 450}
}
The macro-level approach reemerged as a salient criminological paradigm in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Prompted by new theories and reformulations of existing ones, over 200 empirical studies explored ecological correlates of crime. Few efforts have been made, however, to "make sense" of this literature. A "meta-analysis" was undertaken to determine the relative effects of macro-level predictors of crime. Indicators of "concentrated disadvantage" (e.g., racial heterogeneity, poverty, and… 

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