James C. Wo

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    Racially diverse neighborhoods in diverse areas are linked to lower crime rates

Racially diverse neighborhoods in diverse areas are linked to lower crime rates

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In new research, Young-An Kim and James C. Wo look at the implications of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in America’s communities on crime. Using evidence from Southern California, they tested the effects of racial diversity on neighborhood crime rates, finding that there were fewer violent and property crimes in neighborhood blocks which were more diverse, and especially those […]

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    Neighborhood institutions like coffee shops and bars can have a significant positive or negative impact on local crime rates.

Neighborhood institutions like coffee shops and bars can have a significant positive or negative impact on local crime rates.

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Why is there more crime in some neighborhoods than others? While many investigations into the causes of crime tend to focus on individual motivation, new research from James Wo looks at the role of local institutions, such as shops, bars and nonprofits. He finds that these often relatively mundane institutions have meaningful consequences for neighborhood crime levels. While bars […]

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