What is it about?

It is about the relationship between crime and economic conditions in Azerbaijan, though findings are applicable beyond this country. Overall, socioeconomic factors influence offences against the property more than violent crimes. For instance, areas with larger populations have more property crimes, and areas with larger people receiving welfare benefits for poverty alleviation have higher violent crime rate.

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Why is it important?

It is one of the first, if not the only, such study out of the Western context.

Perspectives

It once again shows the stronger influence of economic conditions on property more than violent crimes, something widely noted in several countries. Thus, the findings show that irrespective of socio-cultural differences between nations, the mechanisms through which economy conditions crime may not be different at all.

Inqilab Shahbazov
Baku State University

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This page is a summary of: The Socioeconomic Covariates of Violent and Property Crime Rates in Azerbaijan, Comparative Sociology, October 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15691330-bja10039.
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