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Economics and Youth Violence: Crime, Disadvantage, and Community

Richard Rosenfeld, Mark Edberg, Xiangming Fang, and Curtis S. Florence


How do economic conditions such as poverty, unemployment, inflation, and economic growth impact youth violence? This book provides a new perspective on this crucial issue. Pinpointing the economic factors that are most important, the book explores how different kinds of economic issues impact children, adolescents, and their families, schools, and communities. Offering new and important insights regarding the relationship between macroeconomic conditions and youth violence across a variety of times and places, chapters cover such issues as the effect of inflation on youth violence; new quantit ... More

Keywords: poverty, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, youth violence, economic issues, children, adolescents, families, macroeconomic conditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814789308
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789308.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Rosenfeld, editor

Mark Edberg, editor

Xiangming Fang, editor

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

Richard Rosenfeld, Curtis S. Florence, Xiangming Fang, and Mark Edberg

I Trends in Macroeconomic Conditions and Youth Violence

2 The Net Effect of the Business Cycle on Crime and Violence

Shawn Bushway, Philip J. Cook, and Matthew Phillips

3 Are the Criminogenic Consequences of Economic Downturns Conditional?

Eric P. Baumer, Richard Rosenfeld, and Kevin T. Wolff

4 Economic Conditions and Violent Victimization Trends among Youth

Janet L. Lauritsen, Ekaterina Gorislavsky, and Karen Heimer

Part II The Neighborhood Context

5 The Nonlinear Effect of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Youth Violence

Xiangming Fang, Richard Rosenfeld, Linda L. Dahlberg, Curtis S. Florence

6 Aggravated Inequality

Robert D. Crutchfield and Tim Wadsworth

7 Street Markets, Adolescent Identity, and Violence

Mark Edberg and Philippe Bourgois

Part III Child Development, Families, and Youth Violence

10 Macroeconomic Factors and Inequities in Youth Violence

Jennifer L. Matjasko, Sarah Beth Barnett, and James A. Mercy

Part IV Looking to the Future

11 Economic Opportunity and Youth Violence

Curtis S. Florence and Sarah Beth Barnett