What Do Economists Know About Crime?

  title={What Do Economists Know About Crime?},
  author={Angela K. Dills and Jeffrey A. Miron and Garrett Summers},
  journal={ERN: Analytical Models (Topic)},
In this paper we evaluate what economists have learned over the past 40 years about the determinants of crime. We base our evaluation on two kinds of evidence: an examination of aggregate data over long time periods and across countries, and a critical review of the literature. We argue that economists know little about the empirically relevant determinants of crime. Even hypotheses that find some support in U.S. data for recent decades are inconsistent with data over longer horizons or across… 

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