Air Pollution and Criminal Activity: Microgeographic Evidence from Chicago

  title={Air Pollution and Criminal Activity: Microgeographic Evidence from Chicago},
  author={Evan Herrnstadt and Anthony G. Heyes and Erich Muehlegger and Soodeh Saberian},
  journal={American Economic Journal: Applied Economics},
A growing literature documents that air pollution adversely impacts health, productivity, and cognition. This paper provides the first evidence of a causal link between air pollution and aggressive behavior, as documented by violent crime. Using the geolocation of crimes in Chicago from 2001–2012, we compare crime upwind and downwind of major highways on days when wind blows orthogonally to the road. Consistent with research linking pollution to aggression, we find that air pollution increases… 

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