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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

Thomas Holman


affiliation not provided to SSRN

John V. Pepper


University of Virginia - Department of Economics

June 4, 2012


Abstract:     
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

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Date posted: July 24, 2012  

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Fernandez, Jose M. and Holman, Thomas and Pepper, John V., The Impact of Living Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime (June 4, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2115588 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2115588

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Jose M. Fernandez (Contact Author)
University of Louisville - Department of Economics ( email )
Louisville, KY 40292
United States
(502) 852-4861 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://louisville.edu/~jmfern02/
University of Louisville - College of Business and Public Administration ( email )
Louisville, KY 40292
United States
Thomas Holman
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
John V. Pepper
University of Virginia (UVA) - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 400182
114 Rouss Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
United States
804-924-3402 (Phone)
804-982-2904 (Fax)
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