Explaining Violence in Places Left Behind in the New Economy

William J. Miller, Carthage College
Rick A. Matthews, Ohio University
Michael O. Maume, Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington

In this paper we examine homicide rates in four regions of the U.S.: Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, Indian Country, and the Colonia (the U.S. Mexico border). These regions constitute areas identified by HUD as economic "flat-liners," or places that have been left behind in the new economy (i.e., the economic "boom" of the 1990s). Rurality and structural characteristics (e.g., poverty and unemployment) are analyzed as important delineators and antecedents of homicide in these areas.

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