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Stealing to Survive: Crime and Income Shocks in 19th Century France


Vincent Bignon


Banque de France (Pomone research unit); EconomiX - Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Eve Caroli


Université Paris Dauphine

Roberto Galbiati


CNRS (umr EconomiX) Paris; Bocconi University - Department of Economics

January 21, 2012


Abstract:     
Using local administrative data from 1826 to 1936 we document the evolution of crime rates in 19th century France and we estimate the impact of a negative income shock on crime. Our identification strategy exploits the phylloxera crisis. Between 1863 and 1890, phylloxera destroyed about 40% of French vineyards. Using the geographical variation in the timing of this shock we instrument wine production and we identify the effects of the shock on property and violent crime rates. Our estimates suggest that the phylloxera crisis did not significantly impact violent crimes but caused an increase in property crimes of about 9%.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: crime, income shock, phylloxera, 19th century France

JEL Classification: K42, N33, R11

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Date posted: February 29, 2012  

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Bignon, Vincent and Caroli, Eve and Galbiati, Roberto, Stealing to Survive: Crime and Income Shocks in 19th Century France (January 21, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2012989 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2012989

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Vincent Bignon
Banque de France (Pomone research unit) ( email )
Paris
France
+33142924330 (Phone)
EconomiX - Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
200 avenue de la République
Nanterre, 92000
France
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Eve Caroli (Contact Author)
Université Paris Dauphine ( email )
Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
75775 Paris Cedex 16
France
Roberto Galbiati
CNRS (umr EconomiX) Paris ( email )
200 Avenue de la République
Nanterre cedex, Nanterre Cedex 92000
France
Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )
Via Gobbi 5
Milan, 20136
Italy
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