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Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice in the Graduate College of Bridgewater State University, 2017.

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Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science


This study examines the relationship between the changes in large company employment of the top twenty-five large businesses in Detroit and the crime rate from 2012 to 2014. Previous research has asserted that a significant correlation exists between unemployment and crime but does not investigate the effects of large company employment in a city in relation to crime. This study seeks to fill this gap and address the relationship between changes in large company employment, relative to conditions of social disorganization, and changes in the crime rate. It builds upon Blau and Blau’s (1982) work on the structural contributors to social disorganization, namely unemployment. Unlike previous studies examined, this study will use Social Disorganization Theory to provide a theoretical framework and will concentrate solely on Detroit. This secondary data is analyzed using logistic regression, which raises unexpected methodological questions.


Robert Grantham (chair)

Jennifer Hartsfield

Carolyn Petrosino

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