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Staff Paper No. 491 - Abstract

Shifting Patterns in Wisconsin Crime Rates

Steven Deller [scdeller@wisc.edu]
Melissa Deller

Staff Paper No. 491, December 2005, 39p.


In this study we explore shifting patterns in crime across Wisconsin counties between 1990 and 2000. Building on the three core ecological theories of criminology including strain/anomie, social disorganization and economic rational choice theories we hypothesis that socioeconomic well-being can be used to identify predictable patterns of change in crime. The data generally support the notion that higher levels of socioeconomic well-being at the beginning of the period are associated with lower levels of both violent and property crime at the end of the study period.
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