How Time Shapes Crime: The Temporal Impacts of Football Matches on Crime

IEB Working Paper N. 2015/10

38 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2015

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Daniel Montolio

University of Barcelona - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies

Simón Planells

University of Barcelona

Date Written: March 3, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Montolio, Daniel and Planells, Simón, How Time Shapes Crime: The Temporal Impacts of Football Matches on Crime (March 3, 2015). IEB Working Paper N. 2015/10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2580342 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2580342

Daniel Montolio (Contact Author)

University of Barcelona - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies ( email )

Av. Diagonal, 690
Torre 4 Planta 2
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Simón Planells

University of Barcelona ( email )

Av. Diagonal, 690
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

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