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Isolating the effect of eviction on criminal convictions: Results from a Swedish study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2018 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 61, no 3, p. 263-282Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On an individual level, criminal offending is linked to resource deficiencies. Since evictions tend to affect society’s weakest groups, we would expect evicted individuals to be convicted of crime to a higher degree than others even before eviction. But is there also a direct effect of eviction on criminal convictions? The aim of this study was to isolate the effect of eviction on criminal convictions. Propensity score matching was used and the analyses included all individuals evicted in Sweden from 2009 to 2010 (n = 5050), and a 10% sample of the adult population (n = 770,000). After matching based on relevant background factors, the analyses showed a significant increase in criminal convictions from the year of eviction until the end of the period studied, two to three years later. The pattern was similar for men and women. Future research should investigate eviction in relation to different types of crime.

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2018. Vol. 61, no 3, p. 263-282
Keywords [en]
Eviction, criminal convictions, resource perspective, general strain theory, gender, propensity score matching
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158734DOI: 10.1177/0001699317697363ISI: 000439584900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158734DiVA, id: diva2:1238340
Available from: 2018-08-13 Created: 2018-08-13 Last updated: 2018-08-24Bibliographically approved

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