This study examined the impact of immigrant-serving organizations on neighborhood crime in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
The authors examined the impact of immigrant-serving organizations on neighborhood crime in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, while accounting for other community correlates of crime as well as potential endogeneity. They estimated longitudinal negative binomial regression models that tested for the main, mediating, and moderating effects of immigrant-serving organizations. They found that immigrant-serving organizations generally have crime-reducing effects for all types of crime. They also found that high immigrant concentration is associated with lower levels of crime in general, and this effect is moderated by the number of organizations, which underlines the importance of accounting for these organizations when studying the nexus of immigrant concentration and neighborhood crime. (Published abstract provided)