29 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2012
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Living wages, crime
JEL Classification: I18, H73, R50
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2115588 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2115588