Crime and Mental Wellbeing

54 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2014

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Francesca Cornaglia

Queen Mary University of London; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), CEP; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Naomi E. Feldman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Economics

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

Abstract

We provide empirical evidence of crime's impact on the mental wellbeing of both victims and non-victims. We differentiate between the direct impact to victims and the indirect impact to society due to the fear of crime. The results show a decrease in mental wellbeing after violent crime victimization and that the violent crime rate has a negative impact on mental wellbeing of non-victims. Property crime victimization and property crime rates show no such comparable impact. Finally, we estimate that society-wide compensation due to increasing the crime rate by one victim is about 80 times more than the direct impact on the victim.

Keywords: crime, mental wellbeing, neighbourhood effects, non-victims

JEL Classification: I31, R28

Suggested Citation

Cornaglia, Francesca and Feldman, Naomi E. and Leigh, Andrew, Crime and Mental Wellbeing. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2409536

Francesca Cornaglia (Contact Author)

Queen Mary University of London ( email )

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London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), CEP ( email )

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Naomi E. Feldman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Economics ( email )

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Israel
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Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House ( email )

Canberra, 2600
Australia

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU ( email )

ANU College of Business and Economics
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

IZA ( email )

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