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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: The life satisfaction approach to estimating the cost of crime: An individual's willingness-to-pay for crime reduction
Authors: Manning, M 
Ambrey, C 
Fleming, C. M. 
Institution: Griffith University
Publication Date: Jan-2013
Publisher: Griffith University
Pages: 26
Keywords: Life satisfaction approach
Cost-benefit analysis
Costs of crime
Property crime
Abstract: This paper is motivated by the need to develop an improved model for estimating the intangible costs of crime. Such a model will assist policy makers and criminal justice researchers to compare the costs and benefits of crime control policies. We demonstrate how the life satisfaction approach may be used to measure an individual’s willingness-to-pay for crime reduction. Results indicate that property crime in one’s local area detracts from an individual’s life satisfaction. On average, an individual is implicitly willing-to-pay $3,213 in terms of annual household income to decrease the annual level of property crime by one offence per 1000 residents in their local area. This equates to a per-capita willingness-to-pay of $1,236.
Keywords: Satisfaction -- Life; Life Events -- Crime
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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