A Statistical Analysis of Crime Against Foreigners in Unified Germany

Posted: 20 May 1998

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Alan B. Krueger

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jörn-Steffen Pischke

London School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: March 1996

Abstract

Germany has experienced a high and rising rate of anti-foreigner violence during the early 1990s. To analyze the determinants of crime against foreigners we assembled a new data set on the number and nature of such crimes at the county level based on newspaper reports. We find significant differences in the patterns of violence in the eastern andwestern parts of the country. The incidence of anti-foreigner crime is higher in the east and rises with distance from the former West German border. Economic variables like unemployment and wages matter little for the level of crime once location in the east is taken into account. The relative number of foreigners in a country has no relationship with the incidence of ethnic crimes in the west, whereas in the east it has a positive association with the number of crimes per resident and a negative association with the number of crimes per foreign resident.

JEL Classification: J61, O15, O52

Suggested Citation

Krueger, Alan B. and Pischke, Jörn-Steffen (Steve), A Statistical Analysis of Crime Against Foreigners in Unified Germany (March 1996). NBER Working Paper 5485. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3144

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