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The Impact of Living Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime

29 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2012  

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

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Date Written: 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.

Keywords: Living wages, crime

JEL Classification: I18, H73, R50

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

Jose Fernandez (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Department of Economics ( email )

Louisville, KY 40292
United States
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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 Pepper

University of Virginia - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 400182
114 Rouss Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182
United States
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804-982-2904 (Fax)

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