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New study measures annual cost hate crimes

Cover photo for new Bard report detailing economic costs of hate crimes
Bard Center for the Study of Hate

Researchers at the Bard Center for the Study of Hate have released a new report that examines the annual economic impact of hate crimes in the United States.

According to the study, the measurable annual cost of hate crimes is approximately $3.4 billion.

The study used federal FBI data on potential hate crimes as well as a survey of perceived victims.

Bard Associate Professor of Economics Michael Martell authored the report.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.