Income inequality, poverty and crime across nations

Paul Philippe Pare, Richard Felson

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We examine the relationship between income inequality, poverty, and different types of crime. Our results are consistent with recent research in showing that inequality is unrelated to homicide rates when poverty is controlled. In our multi-level analyses of the International Crime Victimization Survey we find that inequality is unrelated to assault, robbery, burglary, and theft when poverty is controlled. We argue that there are also theoretical reasons to doubt that the level of income inequality of a country affects the likelihood of criminal behaviour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-458
Number of pages25
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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