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When it rains, it pours: Housing evictions and criminal convictions in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2020 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Precarious housing and criminal behaviour are both important elements in processes of marginalization and cumulative disadvantage. It is well known that housing eviction primarily affects the weakest groups in society. In this article we ask if housing eviction has an independent effect on subsequent criminality and if the effect varies across different types of crime (utilitarian, violent and drug crime). Using propensity score matching on administrative register data covering all housing evictions in Sweden 2009, linked with crime registers and registers containing other relevant background information, we find that eviction increases the conviction rates for all analysed crime types, utilitarian crime in particular.

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2020.
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Housing evictions, criminal convictions, administrative data, propensity score matching
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179959DOI: 10.1177/1477370820905107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179959DiVA, id: diva2:1415208
Available from: 2020-03-17 Created: 2020-03-17 Last updated: 2020-03-17

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