Year: 1976 Source: Sociological Quarterly, v.17, no.3, (Summer 1976), p.303-313 SIEC No: 19870970

Cross-national data on inequality, unemployment and crime rates are analyzed in this study. It was hypothesized that nations having a high rate of unemployment and an inequitable distribution of income would have a high crime rate. The results indicate a moderate positive relationship between the rate of unemployment and homicide rates, property crime and total crime rates. These results are discussed in reference to their implications for criminological study and comparative criminology.