An Exploratory Analysis of Immigration and Hate Crime
Swopes, Allison J.
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This research seeks to understand the relationship between immigration and hate crime in the continental United States between the years of 2000-2008. In line with group conflict theory, which indicates a combination of resource stress and salience of potential competitive outgroups leads to perceived group competition for resources which leads to attempts to remove the source of competition; it is hypothesized that states with high economic dependency and high immigration will experience high rates of hate crime. An OLS regression was performed to predict rate of hate crime.