Monica Langella: Commuting for crime (Online)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Commuting for crime 

With the participation of Monica Langella, University of Naples Federico II

Language: the seminar is held in English.

Abstract: People care about crime, with the spatial distribution of both actual and perceived crime affecting the amenities from living in different areas and residential decisions. The literature finds that crime tends to happen close to the offender’s residence but does not clearly establish whether this is because the location of likely offenders and crime opportunities are close to each other, whether more local crimes are likely to be solved or whether there is a high commuting cost for criminals. We use a rich administrative dataset from one of the biggest UK police forces to disentangle these hypotheses proposing a procedure for controlling for the selection bias induced by the fact that offenders’ location is only known when they are caught. We find that the cost of distance is very high, especially for crimes without any financial gain. For property crimes we find a similar cost of distance to commuting for legal work. We also investigate how local socio-economic characteristics affect both the number of criminals and crimes.



  • University of Naples Federico II
    Monica Langella is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II. She is also CSEF Research Fellow and CEP Research Associate. Her main research interests are in the fields of Labour Economics, Labour Markets, Migration, Economics of Education, and the Economics of Crime.


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Registration closed on 05/10/2022.

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