Crime-Rate Dip Rebuts Link to Bad Economy; Correlation, If Any, Would Be Indirect, Social Scientists Say
Byline: Ben Conery, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Reported incidents of both violent and property crimes dropped again in the U.S. during 2009, closing the books on a decade that generally saw continued decreases in crime rates that began to fall in the mid-1990s, according to FBI statistics released Monday.
The continuing drops appear to undermine an ominous and oft-repeated prediction that crime would worsen as a result of a pitiable economy.
The relationship between crime and the economy is hotly contested among social scientists. But several told The Washington Times that the relationship is far more complicated than a simple correlation.
Obviously, the numbers in …
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Publication information: Article title: Crime-Rate Dip Rebuts Link to Bad Economy; Correlation, If Any, Would Be Indirect, Social Scientists Say. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 14, 2010. Page number: A06. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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