Urban Transport and Crime: Evidence from Unanticipated Mass Transit Strikes

20 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Gregory DeAngelo

Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University

R. Kaj Gittings

Texas Tech University - Department of Economics

Daniel Grossman

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Umair Khalil

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

We examine the effects of mass transit strikes on criminal behavior in Los Angeles County utilizing a unique dataset of reported crimes between 2000 and 2007. Geocoded location and time information pertaining to each offense accommodates a fine grained difference‐in‐differences panel data analysis. We find that in locations affected by the strike, aggravated assaults rose by 18.7% while aggregate property crimes increased by 5.7%, relative to their mean. This increase in crime was disproportionately larger in lower income neighborhoods, which report higher usage of mass transit, suggesting local isolation of both criminals and victims as a mechanism.

JEL Classification: J52, K42, K31

Suggested Citation

DeAngelo, Gregory and Gittings, R. Kaj and Grossman, Daniel and Khalil, Umair, Urban Transport and Crime: Evidence from Unanticipated Mass Transit Strikes (July 2019). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 1718-1737, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3392579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12773

Gregory DeAngelo (Contact Author)

Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University ( email )

150 E. Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

R. Kaj Gittings

Texas Tech University - Department of Economics ( email )

Lubbock, TX 79409-2101
United States

Daniel Grossman

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Umair Khalil

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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