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The Impact of Sodomy Law Repeals on Crime

Riccardo Ciacci and Dario Sansone ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We exploit variation in the timing of decriminalization of same-sex sexual intercourse across U.S. states to estimate the impact of these law changes on crime. We provide the first evidence that sodomy law repeals led to a decline in the number of arrests for disorderly conduct, prostitution, and other sex offenses. Furthermore, we show that these repeals led to a reduction in arrests for drug and alcohol consumption.

Keywords: sodomy laws; LGBTQ; crime (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 J15 K14 K39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07-13
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