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We advance scholarship related to home foreclosures and neighborhood crime by employing Granger causality tests and multilevel growth modeling with annual data from Chicago neighborhoods over the 1998-2009 period. We find that completed foreclosures temporally lead property crime and not vice versa. More completed foreclosures during a year both increase the level of property crime and slow its decline subsequently. This relationship is strongest in higher-income, predominantly renter-occupied neighborhoods, contrary to the conventional wisdom. We did not find unambiguous, uni-directional causation in the case of violent crime and when filed foreclosures were analyzed.


Criminology | Public Policy | Social Policy | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning


NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLISHER POLICY: This is the authors’ accepted manuscript version of an article subsequently published in Housing Studies 29(3), 2014, pp. 380-406, available online at 10.1080/02673037.2013.803041. This version has been formatted for archiving.