Crime and Ethnicity in London

34 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2008

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Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics; Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

This paper studies the relationship between a community's ethnic population density and its crime rate. We compare the spatial distribution of crime and the black population across the 32 London boroughs. Once endogeneity and sorting issues are taken into account, we find that the higher is the density of the ethnic population in a given borough, the higher is the crime rate. This effect is still positive but lower for neighbouring boroughs and ceases to exist beyond a 40 minute driving distance. Social interactions between individuals of the same ethnic group are the most likely explanation for this positive relationship.

Keywords: Crime, Ethnic minorities, Panel data, Social interactions, Spatial correlation

JEL Classification: C21, K42, R12

Suggested Citation

Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves, Crime and Ethnicity in London (May 2008). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6840, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1143202

Eleonora Patacchini (Contact Author)

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Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

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