Recreational cannabis reduces rapes and thefts: Evidence from a quasi-experiment
Davide Dragone (),
Giovanni Prarolo (),
Paolo Vanin () and
Working Papers from Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna
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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