Tag Archives: Crime

Weather and Violence

From Ted Miguel and Marshall Burke: In a paper published this month in the journal Science, we assembled 60 of the best studies on this topic from fields as diverse as archaeology, criminology, economics, geography, history, political science and psychology. [...] … Continue reading

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Could the Capture of a Mexican Crime Boss Increase Crime?

There has been some concern about increased crime following the arrest of a major Mexican crime boss. Evidence from Melissa Dell supports this concern at the local level. Drug trade-related violence has escalated dramatically in Mexico since 2007, and recent … Continue reading

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The Great Recession, Budget Cuts, & Reported Crime

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz cleverly uses google searches to uncover the link between rising unemployment and child abuse. After declining for many years in the United States, the searches that seem to have come from abuse victims themselves rose as soon as … Continue reading

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Punishment Severity & Criminal Activity

Here’s an interesting paper by Benjamin Hansen on punishment severity and deterrence. I exploit discrete thresholds that determine both the current as well potential future punishments for first-time and repeat offenders. Specifically, in WA a blood alcohol content (BAC) measured above … Continue reading

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Gun Ownership and Gun Homicide Rates

Pascal Noel put together this striking chart on Gun Ownership & Homicide Rates  

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New research questions Guiliani’s “Broken Windows” approach to crime

Vikram Maheshri‎ and Gregorio Caetano have a new paper that uses great high frequency data and a control function approach to test two central aspects of the Broken Windows theory of crime: Does past light crime (i.e. one broken window) lead to more light … Continue reading

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