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Foreclosure, Vacancy and Crime


Lin Cui


University of Pittsburgh

November 1, 2010


Abstract:     
This paper examines the impact of residential foreclosures and vacancies on violent and property crime. To overcome confounding factors, a difference-in-difference research design is applied to a unique data set containing geocoded foreclosure and crime data from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Results indicate that while foreclosure alone has no effect on crime, violent crime increases by more than 15% once the foreclosed home becomes vacant. Effects on property crime are similar, but less precisely estimated.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Foreclosure, Vacancy, Crime

JEL Classification: R00, R10

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Date posted: March 3, 2011  

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Cui, Lin, Foreclosure, Vacancy and Crime (November 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1773706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1773706

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Lin Cui (Contact Author)
University of Pittsburgh ( email )
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
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