International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Proposals or Synopsis | Social Science | India | Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023


Exploring the Relationship between Poverty and Crime

Sringa M S


Abstract: This article explores the intricate relationship between poverty and crime, shedding light on the multifaceted impacts poverty has on individuals and communities. Poverty, characterized by the lack of essential resources and financial support for a decent standard of living, manifests in various ways, including inadequate housing, limited access to clean water, insufficient nutrition, and healthcare disparities. The international poverty line, set at 2.15 per person per day as of 2017 by the World Bank Group, serves as a critical benchmark in assessing poverty levels globally. This study delves into the two primary categories of poverty: absolute and relative poverty, while also considering the numerous factors that contribute to a nation?s poverty status, such as government policies, international aid, corruption levels, literacy rates, and political stability. Moreover, it investigates how both urban and rural areas grapple with poverty, with urban regions generally exhibiting lower poverty rates due to improved infrastructure and access to essential services. Furthermore, this research unveils a compelling correlation between poverty and crime rates, particularly evident in countries with high poverty and crime levels, notably in African nations. Inequality within society further exacerbates this relationship, as countries with greater income inequality tend to experience higher crime rates. Elevated unemployment, limited educational opportunities, and disrupted family structures all conspire to elevate poverty, consequently fueling criminal activities. The research emphasizes the necessity of addressing poverty alongside corruption for effective crime reduction strategies, providing valuable insights for policymakers at various levels.


Keywords: Poverty, Crime, Inequality, Government Policies, Poverty Eradication


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023,


Pages: 913 - 916


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