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Offenders as victims of crime?: an investigation into the relationship between criminal behaviour and victimization

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We consider the association between victimization and offending behaviour by using data from the Youth Lifestyles Survey. We consider the effect of violent and non-violent offending on the probability of being a victim of violent and non-violent crime and find a positive association between these by using univariate probit estimates. However, taking into account the endog- enous nature of offending and victimization via a bivariate probit model, we find that univariate estimates understate the association. We suggest that policy recommendations should only be informed by the bivariate analysis of the association between offending and victimization.
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Keywords: Bivariate probit; Offenders; Victims of crime

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Leicester, UK

Publication date: 2004-02-01

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