Entertainment as Crime Prevention: Evidence From Chicago Sports Games

  title={Entertainment as Crime Prevention: Evidence From Chicago Sports Games},
  author={Ryan Copus and Hannah S. Laqueur},
  journal={Journal of Sports Economics},
  pages={344 - 370}
The concern that mass media may be responsible for aggressive and criminal behavior is widespread. Comparatively little consideration has been given to its diversionary function. We test for the effect of television entertainment on crime by leveraging the randomness inherent in the scheduling of sporting events. We compare Chicago crime reports by the half hour when Chicago’s sports teams are playing to reports at the same time, day, and month when the teams are not playing. We conduct the… 
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