Research Report Robust Spatial Analysis of Rare Crimes
Avi Bhati
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This report describes a semi-parametric information-theoretic framework for modeling the determinants of rare events aggregated at intra-city areal units. It is used to study the effects of socio-economic and demographic characteristics of communities on the amount of violence they experience. Findings suggest some instability in the processes across types of violence and level of aggregation but also a stable predictorresource depravationfor all the types of violence. Evidence of a spillover effect of a community's resource depravation on violence in its neighboring areas is also found. Findings are discussed in light of their substantive, methodological, and practical implications.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Tags Victims of crime Crime and justice analytics
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center