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Economic adversity and crime

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 40

Don Weatherburn
ISBN 0 642 18288 4 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 1992


Research on the relationship between crime and economic factors generally supports the proposition that relative economic deprivation produces higher crime rates. Weatherburn highlights the importance of distinguishing between participation in crime and frequency of offending in understanding crime trends. He discusses the different effects which economic forces may have on these two factors, and assesses the likely effects of the current recession.