The Impact of Living‐Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime

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Jose M. Fernandez

University of Louisville

Thomas Holman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John V. Pepper

University of Virginia - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 2014

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 no discernable impact on nonproperty crimes.

Suggested Citation

Fernandez, Jose M. and Holman, Thomas and Pepper, John V., The Impact of Living‐Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime (July 2014). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 53, Issue 3, pp. 478-500, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12065

Jose M. Fernandez

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Thomas Holman

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John V. Pepper

University of Virginia - Department of Economics ( email )

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