Income Inequality and Crime: Examining Past Research

Cynthia V. Caravelis, Florida State University

Recently, increased attention has been given to the growing income inequality present in this country. One viewpoint is that the relative period of equality of the 1950s to the 1970s was the exception in between two periods of vast income inequality. This paper analyzes prior data on the relationship between increased income inequality and ctime, controlling for each era, in an effort to establish whether the relationship varies between periods.

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