Recreational cannabis reduces rapes and thefts: Evidence from a quasi-experiment

Dragone, Davide ; Prarolo, Giovanni ; Vanin, Paolo ; Zanella, Giulio (2016) Recreational cannabis reduces rapes and thefts: Evidence from a quasi-experiment. Bologna: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche DSE, p. 12. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/5416. In: Quaderni - Working Paper DSE (1078). ISSN 2282-6483.
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Abstract

An argument against the legalization of the cannabis market is that such a policy would increase crime. Exploiting the recent staggered legalization enacted by the states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014) we show, combining difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs, that recreational cannabis caused a significant reduction of rapes and thefts on the Washington side of the border in 2013-2014 relative to the Oregon side and relative to the pre-legalization years 2010-2012.

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Dragone, DavideUniversità di Bologna0000-0002-2725-4743
Prarolo, GiovanniUniversità di Bologna0000-0003-3151-3733
Vanin, PaoloUniversità di Bologna0000-0001-8767-8567
Zanella, GiulioUniversità di Bologna0000-0001-8963-2351
Keywords
cannabis, recreational marijuana, crime
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2282-6483
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