Working Paper No. 602

Racial Beliefs, Location and the Causes of Crime

Published: October 21, 2003Pages: 39Keywords: Self-Fulfilling Prejudices; Urban Black Ghettos; Crime JEL-codes: J15; K42; R14

Racial Beliefs, Location and the Causes of Crime Thierry Verdier and Yves Zenou

This paper provides a unified explanation for why blacks commit more crime, are located in poorer neighborhoods and receive lower wages than whites. If everybody believes that blacks are more criminal than whites – even if there is no basis for this – then blacks are offered lower wages and, as a result, locate further away from jobs. Distant residence increases even more the black-white wage gap because of more tiredness and higher commuting costs. Blacks have thus a lower opportunity cost of committing crime and become indeed more criminal than whites. Therefore beliefs are self-fulfilling.


Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?


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