The Effects of Civil Gang Injunctions on Reported Violent Crime

Posted: 23 Apr 2002

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Jeffrey Grogger

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Several cities have recently adopted civil injunctions as a means to reduce gang violence. To evaluate the effectiveness of such injunctions, I develop an extensive database of neighborhood-level reported crime counts from four police jurisdictions within Los Angeles County. I construct two different comparison samples of neighborhoods not covered by injunctions to control for underlying trends that could cause one to overstate the injunctions' effects. The analysis indicates that, in the first year after the injunctions are imposed, they lead violent crime to fall by 5 to 10 percent.

Suggested Citation

Grogger, Jeffrey T., The Effects of Civil Gang Injunctions on Reported Violent Crime. Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 45, No. 1, Part 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=303498

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