Hate Crimes

Criminology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at hateful behavior and a theoretical crime analysis.

This paper uses a rational-choice economic approach to analyze hateful behavior in a manner that would be consistent of a crime scene statistician. The theoretical model predicts that hateful activity decreases with increases in (i) the market wage rate, (ii) the value of time, (iii) age, and (iv) law enforcement activity. The theory is tested on U.S. state hate-crime data and the empirical results provide convincing support for the model.
“Until recently, the United States had been relatively immune from the destructive consequences of international hate. After the September 11th bombings, hate crimes toward any and all racial minorities who even appeared to be from the Mid-East increased exponentially. Hateful behavior, both foreign and domestic, has become a major social problem in the twenty-first century. America’s future in terms of crime and, for this model: hate crime, will in large part depend upon law enforcement and crime scene professionals understanding the forces that transform hate into acts of violence”


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