Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and Local Crime

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Samuel Bondurant

Texas A&M University - Department of Economics

Jason M. Lindo

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

Isaac D. Swensen

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

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Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

In this paper we estimate the effects of expanding access to substance-abuse treatment on local crime. We do so using an identification strategy that leverages variation driven by substance-abuse-treatment facility openings and closings measured at the county level. The results indicate that substance-abuse-treatment facilities reduce both violent and financially motivated crimes in an area, and that the effects are particularly pronounced for relatively serious crimes. The effects on homicides are documented across three sources of homicide data.

Suggested Citation

Bondurant, Samuel and Lindo, Jason M. and Swensen, Isaac D., Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and Local Crime (September 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22610, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2835867

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