The Impact of Living Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime
Jose M. Fernandez
University of Louisville - Department of Economics; University of Louisville - College of Business and Public Administration
affiliation not provided to SSRN
John V. Pepper
University of Virginia - Department of Economics
June 4, 2012
We examine the impact of living wages on crime. Past research has found that living wages appear to increase unemployment while providing greater returns to market work. The impact on crime, therefore, is unclear. Using data on annual crime rates for large cities in the United States, we find that living wage ordinances are associated with notable reductions in property related crime and little impact on non-property crimes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Living wages, crime
JEL Classification: I18, H73, R50
Date posted: July 24, 2012
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