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Working paper

Estimating the costs of crime in New Zealand in 2003/04

Issue date: 
Saturday, 1 July 2006
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JEL classification: 
K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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Empirically-based measures like those presented here – the total and average costs of crime by category – are a useful aid to policy analysis around criminal justice operations and settings.


We are grateful for comments received on earlier drafts of this paper from the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Corrections, the Police, and the Victoria University Crime and Justice Research Centre. All remaining errors are our own.


The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Working Paper are strictly those of the author(s). They do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury. The Treasury takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in these working papers. The paper is presented not as policy, but with a view to inform and stimulate wider debate.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 17 October 2007