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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Karamik & Graevenitz on Air Pollution and Crime

Yasemin Karamik and Kathrine von Graevenitz (ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research and ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research) have posted Gone with the Wind: The Effect of Air Pollution on Crime - Evidence from Germany on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Recent evidence suggests a positive impact of air pollution on crime in large cities. We provide first evidence on the potential effect of air pollution on criminal activity using a broader set of geographical regions with lower air pollution levels. We use a unique combination of daily crime data with weather and emission records for the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW) and Rhineland-Palatinate (RLP) in Germany from 2015 until 2017. We exploit the variation in air pollution which is attributable to changes in daily wind direction. We find that an increase of one standard deviation of PM10 leads to an increase in crime of 4.6%.

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