The COVID-19 and the Decline in Crime

10 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2020

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John F. McDonald

University of Illinois at Chicago

Steven Balkin

Roosevelt University

Date Written: April 2, 2020

Abstract

Reported crimes have declined in some major cities after the imposition of restrictions on businesses and residents to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Balkin-McDonald (1981) model of street crime is used to explain the outcomes. Recent crime rate data from five major cities are provided.

Keywords: COVID-19, Crime

JEL Classification: K42, H12

Suggested Citation

McDonald, John F. and Balkin, Steven, The COVID-19 and the Decline in Crime (April 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3567500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3567500

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Steven Balkin

Roosevelt University ( email )

Chicago, IL 60605
United States

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