Identifying Changes in the Spatial Distribution of Crime: Evidence from a Referee Experiment in the National Football League

@inproceedings{Kitchens2014IdentifyingCI,
  title={Identifying Changes in the Spatial Distribution of Crime: Evidence from a Referee Experiment in the National Football League},
  author={Carl T. Kitchens},
  year={2014}
}
Between the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 seasons, the National Football League (NFL) repositioned one of its officials in order to prevent injuries among officials. This creates a quasi‐experiment for studying how a change in the extent of policing affects detection of offenses. Using play‐by‐play data from the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 NFL season, I estimate how the detection of offensive holding changes when the positioning of an official changes. I find that there is approximately a 20 increase in… CONTINUE READING

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