College Party Culture and Sexual Assault

42 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2016

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Jason M. Lindo

Texas A&M University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peter Siminski

University of Wollongong - School of Economics

Isaac D. Swensen

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

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Abstract

This paper considers the degree to which events that intensify partying increase sexual assault. Estimates are based on panel data from campus and local law-enforcement agencies and an identification strategy that exploits plausibly random variation in the timing of Division 1 football games. The estimates indicate that these events increase daily reports of rape with 17-24 year old victims by 28 percent. The effects are driven largely by 17-24 year old offenders and by offenders unknown to the victim, but we also find significant effects on incidents involving offenders of other ages and on incidents involving offenders known to the victim.

Keywords: sexual assault, rape, college, alcohol, football

JEL Classification: I23, K42

Suggested Citation

Lindo, Jason M. and Siminski, Peter and Swensen, Isaac D., College Party Culture and Sexual Assault. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9700. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731963

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Peter Siminski

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Isaac D. Swensen

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics ( email )

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