Criminal Perceptions and Violent Criminal Victimization

Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. XVI, July 1998, 321-333

13 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2013

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Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Chanjin Chung

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between various measures of prior victimization and indicators of both the perceived victimization risk and,fear of crime. Equations are specified and estimated both for the, fear of crime/perception of risk and for prior Victimization. Since prior victimizations are exogenous to the determination of the current assessment of risk or, fear of crime, it is possible to isolate the independent effects of victimization and extraneous, factors, like racial neighborhood composition, in a recursive model structure. The analysis also examines the contribution that individual Victimization and extraneous, factors make to the overall gap between average victimization rates and average indicators of fear. Prior victimization explains some of the rather enormous perception of future victimization, but a sizable gap between perceived risk and actual risk remains. Much of that gap appears to be related to proximity to nonwhites, a possible proxy for racial prejudices and belief that nonwhite neighborhoods contribute to heightened crime.

Keywords: criminal perceptions, violence, victimization, fear, racisim, racial, non-white neighborhood, risk

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Myers, Samuel and Chung, Chanjin, Criminal Perceptions and Violent Criminal Victimization (1998). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. XVI, July 1998, 321-333. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364524

Samuel Myers (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Chanjin Chung

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

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