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The Impact of Sodomy Law Repeals on Crime

@article{Ciacci2020TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Sodomy Law Repeals on Crime},
  author={Riccardo Ciacci and Dario Sansone},
  journal={arXiv: General Economics},
  year={2020}
}
We exploit variation in the timing of decriminalization of same-sex sexual intercourse across U.S. states to estimate the impact of these law changes on crime through difference-in-difference and event-study models. We provide the first evidence that sodomy law repeals led to a decline in the number of arrests for disorderly conduct, prostitution, and other sex offenses. Furthermore, we show that these repeals led to a reduction in arrests for drug and alcohol consumption. 

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