How Much Should We Trust Crime Statistics? A Comparison between EU and US
21 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 28, 2017
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
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