Sunday Liquor Laws and Crime.

  title={Sunday Liquor Laws and Crime.},
  author={Paul S. Heaton},
  journal={Journal of public economics},
  volume={96 1-2},
  • Paul S. Heaton
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Journal of public economics
Many jurisdictions have considered relaxing Sunday alcohol sales restrictions, yet such restrictions' effects on public health remain poorly understood. This paper analyzes the effects of legalization of Sunday packaged liquor sales on crime, focusing on the phased introduction of such sales in Virginia beginning in 2004. Differences-in-differences and triple-differences estimates indicate the liberalization increased minor crime by 5% and alcohol-involved serious crime by 10%. The law change… Expand
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