The historical variability of the age-crime relationship

David F. Greenberg

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    Methodological problems arising in fitting nonlinear regressions to a dataset are identified in context of research on the age-crime relationship. A modified chisquare distribution is fit to the age distribution of the seven Index crimes for the years 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1988 to assess the historical invariance of the distribution. Problematic features of Britt's (J. Quant. Criminol. 8, 175-187, 1992) analysis of the same data are highlighted.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)361-373
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Quantitative Criminology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 1994


    • age distribution of crime
    • chi-square function
    • gamma density function
    • general theory of crime
    • mathematical-form invariance
    • residuals

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Law


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