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The reality of reality television: Does reality TV influence local crime rates?

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  • Chiou, Lesley
  • Lopez, Mary
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    Overnight celebrity status of reality-based television cast members and filming locations may result in negative outcomes such as increased crime. Using a popular reality show filmed in Laguna Beach, we employ a difference-in-differences approach to analyze changes in the city's crime rates.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 330-333

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:3:p:330-333

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    Keywords: Media Crime rates Television;

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    1. Philip H. Brown & Jessica H. Minty, 2008. "Media Coverage and Charitable Giving after the 2004 Tsunami," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 75(1), pages 9-25, July.
    2. David Card & Gordon B. Dahl, 2011. "Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 126(1), pages 103-143.
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    4. Matthew Gentzkow & Jesse M. Shapiro, 2008. "Preschool Television Viewing and Adolescent Test Scores: Historical Evidence from the Coleman Study," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 123(1), pages 279-323, 02.
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    1. Melissa S. Kearney & Phillip B. Levine, 2014. "Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing," NBER Working Papers 19795, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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