Does Color Matter in Houston, TX? An Empirical Analysis

In the late 1980’s to the 1990’s homicides in Houston, Texas were coming off an all time high. The current research reflects how race and crime are interrelated and concluded that gender and race have a strong relationship with homicides.

The research does not examine the relationship that race has with not just the homicide in general, but the specific homicide characteristics such as weapon type, victim selection, etc. The objective of this research is to analyze the impact of race on homicides in Houston, Texas.

This research will analyze in two regression models how the victim’s and defendant’s race can influence homicide characteristics such as weapon type, gang affiliation, time and date of homicide and victim selection. Utilizing logistic regression we concluded that race itself is the strongest homicide characteristic variable, not gang or drug characteristics.

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