The Impact of Living‐Wage Ordinances on Urban Crime

Source: Jose M. Fernandez, Thomas Holman, John V. Pepper, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 53, Issue 3, July 2014
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From the abstract:
We examine the impact of living wages on crime. Past research has found that living wages appear to increase unemployment while providing greater returns to market work. The impact on crime, therefore, is unclear. Using data on annual crime rates for large cities in the United States, we find that living‐wage ordinances are associated with notable reductions in property‐related crime and no discernable impact on nonproperty crimes.