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Revisiting property crime and economic conditions: An exploratory study to identify predictive indicators beyond unemployment rates—Comment

The Social Science Journal, September 2012, Vol.49(3), pp.314-316 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Revisiting property crime and economic conditions: An exploratory study to identify predictive indicators beyond unemployment rates—Comment
  • Author: Cebula, Richard J
  • Found In: The Social Science Journal, September 2012, Vol.49(3), pp.314-316 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Property Crime ; Economic Conditions ; Misspecification Problems ; Statistical Problems ; Social Sciences (General)
  • Language: English
  • Description: ► The study identifies misspecification issues. ► A serious omitted variables bias is identified. ► Duplicating or redundant variables are identified. ► Heteroskedasticity is overlooked. ► Unit root tests and first differencing are overlooked. In a recent issue of this Journal, endeavor to identify predictive variables of property crime in addition to the unemployment rate. The focus is on reported property crimes rates in the form of property crime in the aggregate, larceny-theft, burglary, robbery, fraud, motor vehicle theft, and embezzlement in North Carolina. The study deals with annual time series data for the period 1977–2007. Unfortunately, the study suffers from potentially serious misspecification problems and from a number of potentially serious empirical/statistical problems. This Comment describes these problems, problems that compromise the validity and usefulness of the Yearwood and Koinis (2009) results, and in so doing to some degree helps to demonstrate how those problems can be ameliorated.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0362-3319 ; E-ISSN: 1873-5355 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2011.09.007

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