How Much Should We Trust Crime Statistics? A Comparison between EU and US

21 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2017

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Paolo Buonanno

University of Bergamo

Francesco Drago

University of Messina, CSEF & CEPR

Roberto Galbiati

Department of Economics, Sciences Po-CNRS

Pietro Vertova

University of Siena - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 28, 2017

Abstract

We discuss measurement issues in crime rates in a cross-country comparative perspective. We show that while homicide and general crime rates follow quite similar patterns in the US this is not always the case in Europe. We provide an explanation of the observed patterns based on the use of fire harms.

Keywords: Crime statistics, Criminal behavior

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Buonanno, Paolo and Drago, Francesco and Galbiati, Roberto and Vertova, Pietro, How Much Should We Trust Crime Statistics? A Comparison between EU and US (March 28, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942022 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2942022

Francesco Drago

University of Messina, CSEF & CEPR ( email )

Piazza Pugliatti 1
Messina
Italy

Roberto Galbiati

Department of Economics, Sciences Po-CNRS ( email )

28 rue des saints peres
Paris, 75007
France

Pietro Vertova

University of Siena - Department of Economics ( email )

Piazza S. Francesco, 7
Siena, I-53100
Italy

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