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

Davide Dragone (), Giovanni Prarolo (), Paolo Vanin () and G. Zanella

Working Papers from Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna

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.

JEL-codes: K23 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-09
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