Poverty, Income Inequality, and Violent Crime: A Meta-Analysis of Recent Aggregate Data Studies

  title={Poverty, Income Inequality, and Violent Crime: A Meta-Analysis of Recent Aggregate Data Studies},
  author={Ching-Chi Hsieh and Meredith. D. Pugh},
  journal={Criminal Justice Review},
  pages={182 - 202}
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, several important reviews of the literature failed to establish a clear consensus on the relationship between economic conditions and violent crime. The research presented here applies the procedures of meta-analysis to 34 aggregate data studies reporting on violent crime, poverty, and income inequality. These studies reported a total of 76 zero-order correlation coefficients for all measures of violent crime with either poverty or income inequality. Of the 76… Expand
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