Understanding the thief: What factors determined its choice?

Areas : Methodologies for research and evaluation of policy and programmes
Other researchers : Carmen Armas, Walter Noel
Execution time:January 2017


Most studies on crime focus on the victim and leave aside the other story: the criminal’s one. This study includes this topic and aims to answer what factors influence a criminal to commit one type of crime instead of another. The factors that we will study can be divided between individuals and the community where the delinquent grew up. We will integrate both characteristics through a hierarchical model that will allow us to evaluate which type is more important and if one decreases the relevance of the other. Our hypothesis, supported by empirical evidence, is that the community characteristics reduce the relevance of the individual characteristics. If this hypothesis turns out to be true, crime prevention policies could focus on improving the social controls that communities develop with their inhabitants.