Does Owner-Occupied Housing Affect Neighbourhood Crime?

Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 19/2013

11 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2013

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Jorgen Lauridsen

Centre of Health Economics Research, Department of Business and Economics; University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics

Niels Nannerup

University of Southern Denmark

Morten Skak

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics

Date Written: December 3, 2013

Abstract

Economic as well as sociological theory bring some support to the hypothesis that personal home ownership per se makes individuals more responsible to society values and hence less inclined to commit offences against property or commit other kinds of crimes. Departing from this hypothesis, the present study seeks to provide empirical evidence for a link between levels of crime and local residential ownership rates. In the framework of a linear regression model and based on Danish municipality data, we establish empirical evidence for a negative relationship between local home ownership rates and local crime rates even when controlling for a broad range of economic and demographic variables.

Keywords: housing market, violence crime, simple crime, neighbourhood deprivation

JEL Classification: C21, C23, C33, K42, P25, R31

Suggested Citation

Lauridsen, Jorgen and Lauridsen, Jorgen and Nannerup, Niels and Skak, Morten, Does Owner-Occupied Housing Affect Neighbourhood Crime? (December 3, 2013). Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 19/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2362885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2362885

Jorgen Lauridsen (Contact Author)

Centre of Health Economics Research, Department of Business and Economics ( email )

Faculty of Social Sciences
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M
Denmark

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics ( email )

DK-5230 Odense
Denmark

Niels Nannerup

University of Southern Denmark ( email )

Department of Business and Economics
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M
Denmark
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+45 66 15 87 90 (Fax)

Morten Skak

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Business and Economics ( email )

Department of Business and Economics
Campusvej 55
Odense M, 5230
Denmark

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