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Air Pollution as a Cause of Violent Crime: Evidence from Los Angeles and Chicago

@inproceedings{Herrnstadt2016AirPA,
  title={Air Pollution as a Cause of Violent Crime: Evidence from Los Angeles and Chicago},
  author={Evan Herrnstadt and Anthony G. Heyes},
  year={2016}
}
Exposure to air pollution has adverse impacts on human health, workplace productivity, and educational and cognitive performance. However, empirical evidence linking pollution exposure to high-stakes decisionmaking is limited. Motivated by research from medicine and psychology linking pollution to aggression, we provide the first evidence of a causal link between short-run variation in ambient pollution and the commission of violent crime. Using the location of crimes and wind direction as a… Expand
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