Crime and mental well-being

Francesca Cornaglia, Naomi E. Feldman, Andrew Leigh

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We provide empirical evidence of crime's impact on the mental well-being of both victims and nonvictims. We differentiate between the direct impact to victims and the indirect impact to society due to the fear of crime. The results show a decrease in mental well-being after violent crime victimization and that the violent crime rate has a negative impact on mental well-being of nonvictims. Property crime victimization and property crime rates show no such comparable impact. Finally, we estimate that society-wide impact of increasing the crime rate by one victim is about 80 times more than the direct impact on the victim.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)110-140
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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