How Time Shapes Crime: The Temporal Impacts of Football Matches on Crime
IEB Working Paper N. 2015/10
38 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2015
Date Written: March 3, 2015
In this paper we analyze the temporal profile of crime in the urban context of Barcelona (Spain) for the period 2007-2011 using a unique micro dataset with police reported crime. Additionally, we assess the temporal effect that a leisure activity clearly bounded in time, namely the matches played by Football Club Barcelona (FCB), exert on criminal activities. We obtain a detailed time profile for the crime recorded in the city of Barcelona and the displacement effect attributable to the football matches. The latter was found to be notable in the case of thefts, criminal damage, robberies and gender violence. Instances of gender violence were more prevalent after a FCB defeat.
Keywords: Hourly data, reported crime, crime displacement, gender violence, football
JEL Classification: K42, R1, L83
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