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Immigration, Economic Disadvantage, and Homicide: A Community-Level Analysis of Austin, Texas

Homicide Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 307-314, 2009

9 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011  

Scott Akins

Oregon State University

Rubén G. Rumbaut

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology

Richard Stansfield

University of Delaware

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In this article, the effect of recent immigration on homicide rates across city of Austin, Texas census tracts is examined. Since 1980, Austin’s recent immigrant population increased by more than 580% across the metropolitan area and it is now considered a “pre-emerging” immigrant gateway city to the United States. Therefore the changing population dynamics in Austin provide an excellent opportunity to study the effect of recent immigration on homicide. After controlling for structural predictors of homicide and correcting for spatial autocorrelation, our findings indicate that recent immigration is not associated with homicide.

Keywords: immigration, crime, homicide, economic disadvantage, structural predictors of violent crime, gateway city, Austin, Texas

Suggested Citation

Akins, Scott and Rumbaut, Rubén G. and Stansfield, Richard, Immigration, Economic Disadvantage, and Homicide: A Community-Level Analysis of Austin, Texas (2009). Homicide Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 307-314, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1888739

Scott Akins

Oregon State University ( email )

Bexell Hall 200
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Rubén G. Rumbaut (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology ( email )

3151 Social Sciences Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697-5100
United States

Richard Stansfield

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19711
United States

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