Measurement Error in County-Level UCR Data

  title={Measurement Error in County-Level UCR Data},
  author={J. Lott and J. Whitley},
  journal={Journal of Quantitative Criminology},
Maltz and Targonski (2002) have provided an important service by disaggregating the county level data to help researchers examine measurement errors in the county level data, but their conclusion that county-level crime data, as they are currently constituted, should not be used, especially in policy studies is not justified. All data has measurement error, presumably even their measures of this error. Unfortunately, however, Maltz and Targonski provide no systematic test for how bad the data… Expand
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