The paper ‘Social Interactions and Crime Revisited: An Investigation Using Individual Offender Data in Dutch Neighborhoods’ by fellow Jan Rouwendal (co-authored with Wim Bernasco, Thomas de Graaff, and Wouter Steenbeek) has been published in The Review of Economics and Statistics October 2017. Read the full paper.
Using data on the age, sex, ethnicity, and criminal involvement of more than 14 million residents of all ages residing in approximately 4,000 Dutch neighborhoods, we test if an individual’s criminal involvement is affected by the proportion of criminals living in his or her residential neighborhood. We develop a binomial discrete choice model for criminal involvement and estimate it on individual data. We control for both the endogeneity that may be related to unobserved neighborhood characteristics and for sorting behavior. We find significant social interaction effects, but our findings do not imply multiple equilibria or large multiplier effects.
Article citation: Wim Bernasco, Thomas de Graaff, Jan Rouwendal, and Wouter Steenbeek, ‘Social Interactions and Crime Revisited: An Investigation Using Individual Offender Data in Dutch Neighborhoods’, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 99, Issue 4 (October 2017), pp. 622-636