Worry about crime in Europe. A model-based small area estimation from the European Social Survey

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Abstract

Worry about crime is known to be higher in some European regions than others. However, cross-national surveys, which are the main source of information to map worry about crime across Europe, are designed to be representative of large areas (countries), and regions often suffer from small and unrepresentative sample sizes. This research produces reliable model-based small area estimates of worry about crime at regional level from European Social Survey data, in order to map the phenomenon and examine its macro-level predictors. Model-based small area estimation techniques borrow strength across areas to produce reliable estimates of parameters of interest. Estimates of worry about crime are higher in most South and East European regions, in contrast to Northern and Central Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-298
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume18
Issue number2
Early online date9 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • EBLUP
  • Fay-Herriot
  • Fear of crime
  • Model-based estimation
  • Spatial distribution

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute

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