Why is murder rate declining?

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Last week, New York City reported its first day without a murder in memory, but The Economist notes that murder rates are declining nationwide and there is no clear explanation for the trend.

“Murders are up in some cities, like Chicago, but in most cities America’s urban violent crime rates are down radically since the early 1990s and still falling. And while falling violent crime is associated with a variety of different policies in different places, there’s no one prescription you could point to.”

“In fact, it’s not clear how much of the decline is due to consciously pursued anti-crime policies at all… And yet it seems extremely likely to me that most or all of these were good things to do! The drop in violent crime probably has to do with all of them. So we probably need to be a bit circumspect about demanding results from our cost-benefit analyses, and go ahead and do things that seem like they probably work.”

Via The Wonk Wire.

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