Under the Cover of Darkness: How Ambient Light Influences Criminal Activity

@article{Doleac2015UnderTC,
  title={Under the Cover of Darkness: How Ambient Light Influences Criminal Activity},
  author={Jennifer L. Doleac and Nicholas Sanders},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2015},
  volume={97},
  pages={1093-1103}
}
Abstract We exploit daylight saving time (DST) as an exogenous shock to daylight, using both the discontinuous nature of the policy and the 2007 extension of DST, to consider the impact of light on criminal activity. Regression discontinuity estimates show a 7% decrease in robberies following the shift to DST. As expected, effects are largest during the hours directly affected by the shift in daylight. We discuss our findings within the context of criminal decision making and labor supply, and… Expand
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