Working Paper No. 602

Racial Beliefs, Location and the Causes of Crime

Publicerad: October 21, 2003Antal sidor: 39Nyckelord: Self-Fulfilling Prejudices; Urban Black Ghettos; Crime JEL-koder: 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.

 

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