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Air pollution increases crime in London

Higher levels of air pollution in London increase the rate of most types of crime in the capital and, in particular, less severe kinds such as shoplifting and pickpocketing. However, air pollution was not found to have a significant impact … Continue reading

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The moral hazard of life-saving innovations: Naloxone access, opioid abuse, and crime

By Jennifer Doleac and Anita Mukherjee The United States is grappling with an epidemic of opioid abuse and mortality. The U.S. Surgeon General recently called for everyone to carry naloxone — a drug that can save someone’s life if administered … Continue reading

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Increase in imports adversely affects provision of public services across U.S. localities

Recent research suggests that workers living in places with a heavy manufacturing presence in the U.S. have experienced both a decline in wages and a deterioration of employment prospects due to increased imports from China. While social assistance and trade … Continue reading

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Rank, sex, drugs and crime: How relative ability affects adolescents’ risky behaviors

Parents, teachers and policymakers alike are concerned with adolescents engaging in risky practices, such as drug abuse, unprotected sex, or all kinds of delinquent behaviors (stealing, fighting, etc.). Adolescents are often motivated by short-term benefits while potentially not foreseeing associated … Continue reading

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Street prostitution zones make cities safer

Designated zones for street prostitution have reduce crime in the Netherlands. Data from 1994-2011 for Dutch cities show a decrease in registered sexual abuse and rape by up to 40% in the first two years after introduction of prostitution zones. … Continue reading

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Innovative approach to reduce violence and crime in Liberia: New research supported by DFID and IZA

Cities are home to more than half the population of developing countries. Many cities struggle to deal with large-scale urban violence, crime, and drugs, especially among poor young men. In post-conflict and fragile states, poor young men are also targets … Continue reading

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Stealing to survive: Crime rates rise in response to poor harvest

Between 1863 and 1890, phylloxera (an insect which attacks grapevine roots) destroyed about 40% of the French vineyards. The crisis could only be stopped when vineyards were replanted with hybrid American vines which were resistant to the insect. This poor … Continue reading

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