Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147894
Authors: 
Bondurant, Samuel R.
Lindo, Jason M.
Swensen, Isaac D.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10208
Abstract: 
In this paper we estimate the effects of expanding access to substance-abuse treatment on local crime. We do so using an identification strategy that leverages variation driven by substance-abuse-treatment facility openings and closings measured at the county level. The results indicate that substance-abuse-treatment facilities reduce both violent and financially motivated crimes in an area, and that the effects are particularly pronounced for relatively serious crimes. The effects on homicides are documented across three sources of homicide data.
Subjects: 
substance abuse treatment
crime
homicides
JEL: 
I12
K14
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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