Apparently, yes. Where there is greater wealth disparity, there is more violent crime.
- Several studies have found that small reductions in income inequality cause large reductions in homicide.
- Inequality affects homicide, whereas a society's average income level does not.
- The relationship between inequality and homicide seems to be part of a more general divisive effect of inequality which weakens the social fabric.
- Almost two-thirds of the higher homicide rates in southern (as compared to northern) states of the United States are attributable to their greater income inequality. There are lower rates of homicide in the Canadian provinces than in the states of the USA as a result of their smaller income differences