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The Greek financial crisis and homicide rates: another reason to worry
  1. George Michas1,
  2. Angeliki Varytimiadi1,
  3. Renata Micha1,2
  1. 1 Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Attiki, Greece
  2. 2 Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr George Michas, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, Athens, Attiki 11855, Greece; gv.michas{at}

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Globally, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that the homicide rates in Africa and the Americas are relatively high, whereas the rates in Asia, Europe and Oceania are relatively low.1 Greece is geographically located in Southern Europe and is considered a low-incidence country for homicide.

Economic factors play an important role in the evolution of crime trends.2 Data from 26 European Union countries show that rises in unemployment are associated with significant short-term increases in premature deaths from intentional violence. Specifically, a 1% rise in unemployment rate …

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  • Contributors GM designed the study, collected and analysed the data, and prepared the manuscript. AV contributed to data analysis, and preparation of the manuscript. RM supervised the study design, data analysis and preparation of the manuscript. All authors have approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None.

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