Dr. Pridemore’s Research on Foreclosure and Crime Featured on London School of Economics Blog
The London School of Economics and Political Science featured the results of a recent study by Dr. Pridemore on its American Politics and Policy Blog. The article, “A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Home Vacancy on Robbery and Burglary Rates During the U.S. Housing Crisis, 2005-2009,” was coauthored with one of Dr. Pridemore’s PhD students, Roderick W. Jones, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University. It is forthcoming in the journal Crime and Delinquency. While the results from earlier studies that examined the general association between foreclosure and crime were mixed, Jones and Pridemore focused specifically on the impact of changes in vacancy rates on changes in crime rates. Based on data from a sample of 142 US cities between 2005 and 2009, they discovered that an increase in one percent in a city’s vacancy rate was associated with an increase of 1.2% in its burglary rate. They found no association with robbery rates. Jones and Pridemore also found that the association between vacancy rates and burglary rates was weaker in cities with higher unemployment rates, suggesting that unemployed persons’ increased presence at home can deter certain types of crimes.