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Direct Victimization Experiences and Fear of Crime: A Gender Perspective

Emiliano Sironi
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Published Online: 2016-04-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2016-0008


Using data from the sixth round of the European Social Survey, we implement propensity score matching methods in order to test whether the presence of past experiences of direct victimization decreases citizens’ safety perception. Results confirm the hypothesis that victimization strongly increases the fear of crime; furthermore the effect is also gender specific: victimized women show higher decrease in safety perception than men.

Keywords: Direct victimization; Gender; Safety perception

JEL: H55; C21; H41


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Published Online: 2016-04-21

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Citation Information: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Volume 22, Issue 2, Pages 159–172, ISSN (Online) 1554-8597, ISSN (Print) 1079-2457, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2016-0008.

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