Unemployment and Right-Wing Extremist Crime
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Bonn - Economic Science Area; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
University of Zurich; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
University of Zurich - Department of Economics Library; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7467
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 crime and questions explanations based solely on the different socialization in former communist East Germany and the liberal West German states.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: cost of unemployment, Hate crime, right-wing extremism, unemployment
JEL Classification: J15, J69, K42working papers series
Date posted: October 7, 2009
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