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Quantitative methods in criminology.


Quantitative methods in criminology.

Ed. by Shawn Bushway and David Weisburd.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


611 pages



International library of criminology, criminal justice and penology; second series


In their selection of materials for this reader on quantitative criminology, the editors (both of the U. of Maryland) were motivated to demonstrate the importation of techniques from other fields, introspection with regard to their application to specific criminological problems, and innovation in the development of new methodological and statistical approaches. They present 23 journal reprints (originally published between 1963 and 2004) in sections that deal with research design and study outcomes, quantitative issues in sampling, issues in measurement, descriptive analysis of quantitative data, and causal modeling. Specific topics include deterrent effects of arrest for domestic assault; the affect of research design on study outcomes; case studies of missing data problems in criminological research; issues in the uses of official statistics; assessing the limits of longitudinal self-report data in the "Age-Crime Debate"; mapping gangs and gang violence in Boston; synthesis of criminal careers and life course approaches via semiparametric mixed Poisson regression model and its empirical applications; longitudinal study of trajectories of crime at street segments in Seattle; and comparative study of the preventive effects of mandatory sentencing laws for gun crimes.

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