Analyzing the dynamics of homicide patterns in Chicago: ESDA and spatial panel approaches

Xinyue Ye, Ling Wu

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This paper studies the relationship between homicide rate and socioeconomic factors at community area level in Chicago from 1960 to 1995. Most of prior studies of social disorganization theory are based on cross-sectional spatial regression or longitudinal studies. This research integrates space and time in testing social disorganization theory. First, exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) is used to examine dynamic spatial patterns of these indicators. This investigation justifies the estimation of homicide rates across community areas through panel-data models that extend to include spatial lag and spatial error autocorrelation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-807
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Geography
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Environmental Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


  • Chicago
  • ESDA
  • Homicide
  • Hot spot
  • Social disorganization theory
  • Spatial panel


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