Effects of GDP on Violent Crime
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The effects of GDP on violent crime are seen in many other descriptors, but few studies have looked at the direct link between the two. In this paper, data obtained from FBI uniform crime reporting statistics, and bureau of commerce statistics, from the years 1997 to 2012, are used to compute regression equations relating GDP to violent crime totals, and then state GDP per capita to violent crime rates. Then, using multiple variable regression, crime rates were regressed with state GDP per capita, high school graduation rates, population density, unemployment rates, total fire arms manufactured in the state, and poverty rates, eventually showing a statistically significant, positive relationship for GDP and crime rates.