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dc.contributor.authorGould, Eric D.en_US
dc.contributor.authorStecklov, Guyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-04en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T12:04:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T12:04:01Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20090909685en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35903-
dc.description.abstractThis paper argues that terrorism, beyond its immediate impact on innocent victims, also raises the costs of crime, and therefore, imposes a negative externality on potential criminals. Terrorism raises the costs of crime through two channels: (i) by increasing the presence and activity of the police force, and (ii) causing more people to stay at home rather than going out for leisure activities. Our analysis exploits a panel of 120 fatal terror attacks and all reported crimes for 17 districts throughout Israel between 2000 and 2005. After controlling for the fixed-effect of each district and for district-specific time trends, we show that terror attacks reduce property crimes such as burglary, auto-theft, and thefts-from-cars. Terror also reduces assaults and aggravated assaults which occur in private homes, but increases incidents of trespassing and disrupting the police. Taken as a whole, the results are consistent with a stronger deterrence effect produced by an increased police presence after a terror attack. A higher level of policing is likely to catch more people trespassing, and at the same time, reduce the number of property crimes. The decline in crimes committed in private houses is likely an indication that the tendency for individuals to stay home after a terror attack further increases the costs of crime.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherForschungsinst. zur Zukunft der Arbeit Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 4347en_US
dc.subject.jelK4en_US
dc.subject.ddc360en_US
dc.subject.keywordCrimeen_US
dc.subject.keywordpoliceen_US
dc.subject.keywordterroren_US
dc.subject.stwPolitische Gewalten_US
dc.subject.stwKriminalitäten_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwIsraelen_US
dc.titleTerror and the costs of crimeen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn60979731Xen_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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