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The Bakken Transformation: The Evolution of Criminal Behavior in the Wake of a Resource Boom
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Exploiting the discovery of oil on the North Dakota side of the Bakken formation as exogenous variation, this paper analyzes the ways in which criminal behavior responds to the regional transformations brought on by the oil boom. Using a difference-in-difference methodology to ascertain what effect the resource boom had on criminal activity in the region, controlling for full time law enforcement officials, average wages, and the unemployment rate. Finding that criminal incidences significantly increased in this region compared to non-oil producing counties in North Dakota, even with significant increases in employment and average wages within the region.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256346DiVA: diva2:825078
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-23 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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