Recreational Cannabis Reduces Rapes and Thefts: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE N° 1078
14 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 19, 2016
An argument against the legalization of the cannabis market is that such a policy would increase crime. Exploiting the recent staggered legalization enacted by the states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014) we show, combining difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs, that recreational cannabis caused a significant reduction of rapes and thefts on the Washington side of the border in 2013-2014 relative to the Oregon side and relative to the pre-legalization years 2010-2012.
Keywords: cannabis, recreational marijuana, crime
JEL Classification: K23, K42
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