Personal indebtedness, spatial effects and crime : a comparison across the urban hierarchy

McIntyre, Stuart G. (2013) Personal indebtedness, spatial effects and crime : a comparison across the urban hierarchy. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, Special E (4). pp. 51-56. ISSN 2046-5378

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    Abstract

    The recent recession has made understanding the relationship between economic conditions and crime crucial to public debate. In this paper we seek to understand the spatial pattern of property and theft crimes using a range of socioeconomic variables, as well as data on the level of personal indebtedness, for two regions of the UK: London (the capital city) and the North East of England (a peripheral region). Building on earlier published work in this area, this paper will contrast the regression results obtained in both of these regions. This allows a comparison of the factors that are important in explaining the observed pattern of theft and property crimes, including an analysis of the spatial dimension of these factors, between these two regions. Doing so will allow a comparison of the elements that are important in explaining the observed pattern of theft and property crimes across the two regions.