Unemployment and Right‐Wing Extremist Crime

26 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011

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Armin Falk

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area; briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

Andreas Kuhn

University of Zurich; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Josef Zweimüller

University of Zurich - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

It is frequently argued that unemployment plays a crucial role in the occurrence of right‐wing extremist crimes (RECs). We test this hypothesis empirically using data from Germany. We find that right‐wing criminal activities occur more frequently when unemployment is high. The substantial difference in the numbers of RECs occurring in the 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 RECs, and it questions explanations based solely on the different socialization in former communist East Germany and the liberal West German states.

Keywords: Hate crime, right‐wing extremism, cost of unemployment, J15, J69, K42

Suggested Citation

Falk, Armin and Kuhn, Andreas and Zweimueller, Josef, Unemployment and Right‐Wing Extremist Crime (June 2011). Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 113, Issue 2, pp. 260-285, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1851190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2011.01648.x

Armin Falk (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area ( email )

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Andreas Kuhn

University of Zurich ( email )

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Josef Zweimueller

University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )

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