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NCJ Number: 149947 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and the Business Cycle in Post-War Britain
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1994)  Pages:339-357
Author(s): D J Pyle; D F Deadman
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 19
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The idea that crime may be related to economic activity, and particularly unemployment, has caused considerable political controversy in England and Wales, and this paper examines the association between crime and economic circumstances.
Abstract: Many different theories of criminal behavior suggest that economic hardship may cause some individuals to seek illegal means of acquiring the material goods necessary to enjoy a reasonable standard of living. Some theories predict that property crime will increase in times of economic hardship, while other theories indicate that property crime will decrease during a recession. Data on crime and the business cycle in England and Wales between 1946 and 1991 indicate that the number of recorded burglaries, robberies, and thefts rose overall but with marked fluctuations during the period. Property crime was much more closely related to the level of economic activity than had previously been thought. Appendixes contain additional information and data on crime and the business cycle in postwar England. 38 references, 4 tables, and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Crime in foreign countries; Economic analysis of crime; Economic influences; Employment-crime relationships; England; Foreign crime statistics; Property crime statistics; Unemployment; Wales
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