Social Interactions and Crime Revisited: An Investigation Using Individual Offender Data in Dutch Neighborhoods

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 12-108/VIII

44 Pages Posted: 2 May 2014

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Wim Bernasco

Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving NCSR

Thomas de Graaff

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Wouter Steenbeek

Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving NCSR

Date Written: April 29, 2014

Abstract

Using data on the age, sex, ethnicity and criminal involvement of 14.3 million residents aged 10-89 residing in 4,007 neighborhoods in the Netherlands, this article tests if an individual’s criminal involvement is affected by the proportion of criminals living in their neighborhood of residence. We develop a binomial discrete choice model for criminal involvement and estimate it on individual data. We control for the endogeneity that may be related to the unobserved neighborhood characteristics and take into account possible biases that may result from sorting behavior. We find strongly significant social interaction effects and explore their implications for the presence of multiple equilibria and social multipliers.

Keywords: social interactions, neighborhoods, crime

JEL Classification: R1, R2

Suggested Citation

Bernasco, Wim and de Graaff, Thomas and Rouwendal, Jan and Steenbeek, Wouter, Social Interactions and Crime Revisited: An Investigation Using Individual Offender Data in Dutch Neighborhoods (April 29, 2014). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 12-108/VIII, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2431633 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2431633

Wim Bernasco (Contact Author)

Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving NCSR ( email )

De Boelelaan 1077a
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

Thomas De Graaff

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

Wouter Steenbeek

Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving NCSR ( email )

De Boelelaan 1077a
Amsterdam, 1081 HV
Netherlands

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