Mandel School’s Robert Fischer talks about impact of “multidimensional” poverty on murder rates

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The Times-PicayuneRobert Fischer, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, discussed how “multidimensional” poverty impacts murder rates in large cities. “The motivation to kill is both born out of desperation and opportunity,” he said. “I think poverty drives both of those in a way because desperation makes you more likely to take risks and envision opportunity through a criminal act like homicide.”