On the Choice of Control Variables in the Crime Equation

@article{Moody2010OnTC,
  title={On the Choice of Control Variables in the Crime Equation},
  author={Carlisle E. Jr. Moody and Thomas B. Marvell},
  journal={ERN: Other Econometrics: Econometric \& Statistical Methods (Topic)},
  year={2010}
}
  • C. Moody, T. Marvell
  • Published 30 August 2010
  • Economics
  • ERN: Other Econometrics: Econometric & Statistical Methods (Topic)
Although control variables are the reason for multiple regression, surprising little attention is given to the process of locating and selecting the controls. If important controls are omitted, estimates can be biased and inconsistent whereas using too many controls can reduce efficiency and mask effects. We advocate a much broader search for controls than is customary, at least in the crime literature, and then the use of the general-to-specific methodology to select the relevant controls. We… Expand
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