Authors will share all data and coding for replication purposes. We thank Charlotta Mellander for providing us with the Housing-Mortgage Stress Index data.
The Foreclosure Crisis and Crime: Is Housing-Mortgage Stress Associated with Violent and Property Crime in U.S. Metropolitan Areas?†
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2012
© 2012 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 3, pages 671–691, September 2012
How to Cite
Jones, R. W. and Pridemore, W. A. (2012), The Foreclosure Crisis and Crime: Is Housing-Mortgage Stress Associated with Violent and Property Crime in U.S. Metropolitan Areas?. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 671–691. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00887.x
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2012
The objective of this study was to determine if the housing-mortgage stress caused by the foreclosure crisis is associated with violent and property crime in U.S. metropolitan areas.
Using a sample of 142 metropolitan statistical areas and controlling for other structural factors thought to be associated with urban violence rates, we employ weighted least squares regression to estimate the association between the Housing-Mortgage Stress Index (HMSI) and six serious crimes: homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Our results showed no evidence of an association between the HMSI and any of the crime rates.
Despite anecdotal evidence of and growing fear that the foreclosure crisis was accompanied by increasing crime rates in cities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, we found no evidence that metropolitan areas with higher levels of housing-mortgage stress had higher rates of violent or property crime.