Along with two colleagues at University College London – Francesca Cornaglia and Christian Dustmann – I was lucky enough to yesterday receive two years’ ARCÂ funding for a project on “The impact of crime on theÂ mental wellbeing of communities”. Here’s the summary of what we plan to do:
Considering not only the direct impact of crime on the victims but also the indirect consequences of living in a community with a higher crime rate may in fact lead to a more accurate analysis of the size of the consequences of criminal activities on the society. Further, it may also be the case that the negative externality of crime on non-victims is much larger for some crimes than for others. If this were the case, it could have implications for the way in which police resources are presently distributed across different crimes. Better understanding the total societal cost of crime to both victims – and non-victims – could therefore help improve public policy.
The project was funded through an ARC “linkage international” grant with the ESRC (the ARC’s UK counterpart). The other three funded projects looked at:
- lexical stress (ie. the way we pronounce particular words)
- childhood obesity, and
- housing wealth.
So if you’re an Australian taxpayer – thanks, IÂ hope I won’t let you down. (Actually, given that your taxes pay my salary, I suppose I should be saying that on a daily basis.)