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Police and Thieves in the Stadium

Olivier Marie ()

No 9, ROA Research Memorandum from Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Abstract: During large sporting events criminal behaviour may impact on criminal behaviourvia three main channels: (i) fan concentration, (ii) self incapacitation, and (iii) policedisplacement. In this paper I exploit information on football (soccer) matches for nineLondon teams linked to detailed recorded crime data at the area level to empiricallyestimate these different effects. My findings show that only property crimesignificantly increases in the communities hosting football matches but that theyexperience no changes in violent offences. These results are robust to controlling for alarge number of game type and outcome characteristics. There is no evidence oftemporal displacement of criminal activity. Our conceptual model suggests that theaway game attendance effect on crime is due to voluntary incapacitation of potentialoffenders. I argue that the police displacement effect of hosting a match increasesproperty crime by 7 percentage point for every extra 10,000 supporters.

Keywords: labour economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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