Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors that Explain the Decline and Six that Do Not

@article{Levitt2004UnderstandingWC,
  title={Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors that Explain the Decline and Six that Do Not},
  author={Steven D. Levitt},
  journal={Journal of Economic Perspectives},
  year={2004},
  volume={18},
  pages={163-190}
}
Crime fell sharply in the United States in the 1990s, in all categories of crime and all parts of the nation. Homicide rates plunged 43 percent from the peak in 1991 to 2001, reaching the lowest levels in 35 years. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’ s (FBI) violent and property crime indexes fell 34 and 29 percent, respectively, over that same period. These declines occurred essentially without warning: leading experts were predicting an explosion in crime in the early and mid-1990s… Expand

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