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Economic adversity and crime



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.

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Weatherburn D 1992. Economic adversity and crime. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 40. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi40