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Local Access to Mental Healthcare and Crime

Monica Deza, Johanna Maclean and Keisha T. Solomon

No 27619, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We estimate the effect of local access to office-based mental healthcare on crime. We leverage variation in the number of mental healthcare offices within a county over the period 1999 to 2014 in a two-way fixed-effects model. We find that increases in the number of mental healthcare offices modestly reduce crime. In particular, ten additional offices in a county reduces crime by 1.7 crimes per 10,000 residents. These findings suggest an unintended benefit from expanding the office-based mental healthcare workforce: reductions in crime.

JEL-codes: I1 I11 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07
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