Crime and the legalization of recreational Marijuana / Davide Dragone (University of Bologna), Giovanni Prarolo (University of Bologna), Paolo Vanin (University of Bologna), Giulio Zanella (University of Bologna and IZA) ; IZA, Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserDragone, Davide ; Prarolo, Giovanni ; Vanin, Paolo ; Zanella, Giulio
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10522
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We provide first-pass evidence that the legalization of the cannabis market across US states may be inducing a crime drop. Exploiting the recent staggered legalization enacted by the adjacent states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014) we find, combining county-level difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs, that the legalization of recreational marijuana 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. We also find evidence that the legalization increased consumption of marijuana and reduced consumption of other drugs and both ordinary and binge alcohol.