Crime rates and inequality: a study of crime in contemporary China

James Cheong, Yanrui Wu

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© 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. This paper examines the impact of intra-provincial regional inequality on crime rates in China. The results suggest that the western theories of crime can be applied equally to China. The crime rate is found to be positively correlated with intra-provincial regional inequality, but negatively correlated with the level of education. In addition, it is also observed that the crime rate is positively linked with the level of inflation, unemployment rate, as well as inequality in consumption and employment between the rural and urban sectors. The results lend strong support to Merton's theory and Marxian theory. However, the rational choice theory is not supported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-223
JournalJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


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