Wet Laws, Drinking Establishments and Violent Crime

  title={Wet Laws, Drinking Establishments and Violent Crime},
  author={D. Mark Anderson and Benjamin Crost and Daniel I Rees},
  journal={Correlates of Crime eJournal},
Drawing on county†level data from Kansas for the period 1977–2011, we examine whether plausibly exogenous increases in the number of establishments licensed to sell alcohol by the drink are related to violent crime. During this period, 86 out of 105 counties in Kansas voted to legalise the sale of alcohol to the general public for on†premises consumption. Using legalisation as an instrument, we show that a 10% increase in drinking establishments is associated with a 3–5% increase in… 

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