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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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When the unhealthy self kills our New Year’s resolutions

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” — This quote attributed to Mark Twain describes what many people experience as they … Continue reading

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Public health in utero: How external factors influence birth outcomes

By Jeanna Canapari (Yale University) In the study of birth outcomes, going to extremes is not always necessary. While intense events such as heat waves, deep cold or famine can impact fetal development and play a major role in the … Continue reading

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How (lack of) sleep affects our economic behavior

Today is World Sleep Day! As recent IZA research shows, a good night of sleep is not just a matter of individual well-being but has wider implications for social behavior and economic outcomes. So we suggest you get yourself a … Continue reading

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How language influences children’s economic behavior

Patience is an important trait in children that can make a difference for a lifetime. Many disciplines, including economics, have studied how patience in intertemporal choices – preferring a later but larger reward over a sooner but smaller reward – … 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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