Unemployment and Right-Wing Extremist Crime

@article{Falk2005UnemploymentAR,
  title={Unemployment and Right-Wing Extremist Crime},
  author={Armin Falk and Josef Zweim{\"u}ller},
  journal={CEPR Discussion Paper Series},
  year={2005}
}
  • A. Falk, J. Zweimüller
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Economics, Sociology, Psychology
  • CEPR Discussion Paper Series
It is frequently argued that unemployment plays a crucial role for the occurrence of right-wing extremist crimes. We empirically test this hypothesis using data from Germany. We find that right-wing criminal activities occur more frequently when unemployment is high. The big difference in right-wing crime between East and West German states can mostly be attributed to differences in unemployment. This finding reinforces the importance of unemployment as an explanatory factor for right-wing… 
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