Evaluating the Determinants of Property and Violent Crime in Canada: Time-Series Evidence Across Provinces

1 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2009

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Anindya Sen

University of Waterloo - Department of Economics

Zach Orlov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September, 23 2009

Abstract

There is an extremely limited empirical research on the determinants of violent and property crime in Canada. We attempt to contribute to the literature by employing provincial data between 1988 and 2005. Our empirical results reveal OLS and IV coefficient estimates of an increase in police officers or arrest rates with respect to violent crime to be statistically insignificant. On the other hand, an increase in police size is correlated with a reduction in property crimes. Intriguingly, we find an increase in the minimum wage to be significantly associated with several categories of violent and property crime.

Suggested Citation

Sen, Anindya and Orlov, George Zachary, Evaluating the Determinants of Property and Violent Crime in Canada: Time-Series Evidence Across Provinces (September, 23 2009). CLEA 2009 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1477664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1477664

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George Zachary Orlov

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