Source: (2006) Atlantinc Economic Journal. 34:303-312.

This article examines the relationship between local economic development and a new approach to the problem of crimeYi.e., Frestorative justice._ The latter concept is introduced and briefly explored, followed by a short review of Richard Florida’s recently proposed theory of creative-class economic development. Against the backdrop of these theoretical innovations, an empirical question that arises is whether the specific character of creative-class economic growth enhances the probability that a given city will adopt a restorative justice paradigm in its efforts to reduce crime. Addressing this question using logistic regression analysis, the article provides preliminary evidence that creative-class economic development encourages experimentation with innovative approaches to social problems such as crime.