Jozefowicz and Economics Alumnus Nelson Publish on County Crime Rates in Pennsylvania

Posted on 7/28/2015 12:59:51 PM

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Professor James Jozefowicz

“‘Keystone Kops’ and Crime Theories: A Panel Data Analysis of Pennsylvania County Crime Rates,” co-authored by economics alumnus Zackary Nelson (’14) and professor James Jozefowicz, has been accepted for publication by the Pennsylvania Economic Review.

The paper analyzes county-level crime rates from 1990 to 2009 in the context of the economic, strain, and social disorganization theories of crime.

Nelson and Jozefowicz find that all three theories contribute to the explanation of criminal activity in Pennsylvania counties.

Furthermore, the results indicate that the determinants of crime during the economic expansion of the 1990s differ from the contributing factors in the early 2000s.

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