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NCJ Number: 156461 Find in a Library
Title: Socioeconomic Conditions and the Incidence of Crime in the Gulf Coast of the United States
Author(s): J Uribe; M Chavez
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 53
Sponsoring Agency: New Mexico Highlands University
Los Vegas, NM 87701
Sale Source: New Mexico Highlands University
Los Vegas, NM 87701
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An econometric model was used to examine the relationship between socioeconomic conditions and the incidence of serious crime in the gulf coast of the United States.
Abstract: The analysis focused on the correlation between the total crime index as reported by the Uniform Crime Report and various economic and demographic variables, including the unemployment rate, the proportion of families with incomes below the poverty level, the percentage of the labor force in blue collar jobs, age composition, and educational level. A cross-sectional analysis was conducted using 1990 data by county for a layer of two counties covering the most densely populated areas along the coast from Texas to Florida. Results revealed some significant correlation between socioeconomic conditions and murder as well as forcible rape. However, correlations were weak or insignificant for robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft. Findings suggested that crime rates are faintly correlated with the socioeconomic conditions of the gulf coast. Figures, tables, appended list of counties, and 112 references
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Criminology; Economic crime models; Economic influences
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