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Increase in imports adversely affects provision of public services across U.S. localities

Recent research suggests that workers living in places with a heavy manufacturing presence in the U.S. have experienced both a decline in wages and a deterioration of employment prospects due to increased imports from China. While social assistance and trade … Continue reading

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Rank, sex, drugs and crime: How relative ability affects adolescents’ risky behaviors

Parents, teachers and policymakers alike are concerned with adolescents engaging in risky practices, such as drug abuse, unprotected sex, or all kinds of delinquent behaviors (stealing, fighting, etc.). Adolescents are often motivated by short-term benefits while potentially not foreseeing associated … Continue reading

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Street prostitution zones make cities safer

Designated zones for street prostitution have reduce crime in the Netherlands. Data from 1994-2011 for Dutch cities show a decrease in registered sexual abuse and rape by up to 40% in the first two years after introduction of prostitution zones. … Continue reading

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Innovative approach to reduce violence and crime in Liberia: New research supported by DFID and IZA

Cities are home to more than half the population of developing countries. Many cities struggle to deal with large-scale urban violence, crime, and drugs, especially among poor young men. In post-conflict and fragile states, poor young men are also targets … Continue reading

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Stealing to survive: Crime rates rise in response to poor harvest

Between 1863 and 1890, phylloxera (an insect which attacks grapevine roots) destroyed about 40% of the French vineyards. The crisis could only be stopped when vineyards were replanted with hybrid American vines which were resistant to the insect. This poor … Continue reading

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How recessions produce career criminals

Recessions are known to create higher unemployment rates and lower levels of happiness and income. There is also growing evidence that workers who first enter the labor market during economic downturns suffer from poor job matching that impedes their career … Continue reading

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A culture of crime: growing up with the mafia next door

Organized crime generates about two percent of global GDP. While this is already a considerable share, the mafia and other groups of criminals might have an even higher economic impact by shaping the norms and attitudes of their surrounding societies, … Continue reading

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