The Impact of Social Capital on Crime: Evidence from the Netherlands

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Semih Akcomak

TEKPOL-METU; UNU-MERIT

Bas ter Weel

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract

This paper investigates the relation between social capital and crime. The analysis contributes to explaining why crime is so heterogeneous across space. By employing current and historical data for Dutch municipalities and by providing novel indicators to measure social capital, we find a link between social capital and crime. Our results suggest that higher levels of social capital are associated with lower crime rates and that municipalities' historical states in terms of population heterogeneity, religiosity and education affect current levels of social capital. Social capital indicators explain about 10 percent of the observed variance in crime. It is also shown why some social capital indicators are more useful than others in a robustness analysis.

Keywords: social capital, crime, the Netherlands

JEL Classification: A13, A14, K42, Z13

Suggested Citation

Akcomak, Semih and ter Weel, Bas, The Impact of Social Capital on Crime: Evidence from the Netherlands. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3603, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1214909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Semih Akcomak (Contact Author)

TEKPOL-METU ( email )

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Turkey

UNU-MERIT ( email )

P.O. Box 616
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Netherlands

Bas Ter Weel

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
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