Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162656
Authors: 
Friehe, Tim
Müller, Helge
Neumeier, Florian
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 10-2017
Abstract: 
This paper explores the causal influence of Western television programming on crime rates. We exploit a natural experiment involving access to West German TV within the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in which only geography and topography determined the allocation of individuals to treatment and control groups. Focusing on violent and property crime (as these domains were most likely to be affected by the marked differences in TV content), we find that in the post-reunification decade in which TV content was harmonized, regions that had access to Western TV broadcasts prior to the reunification experienced lower rates of violent crime, sex crime, and theft, but more fraud.
Subjects: 
Television
Media
Natural experiment
Germany
JEL: 
J22
K42
P37
P39
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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