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.

 

Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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