Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/159916
Authors: 
Dragone, Davide
Prarolo, Giovanni
Vanin, Paolo
Zanella, Giulio
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 1078
Abstract: 
An argument against the legalization of the cannabis market is that such a policy would increase crime. Exploiting the recent staggered legalization enacted by the states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014) we show, combining difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs, that recreational cannabis caused a significant reduction of rapes and thefts on the Washington side of the border in 2013-2014 relative to the Oregon side and relative to the pre-legalization years 2010-2012.
JEL: 
K23
K42
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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