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Sports Franchises, Stadiums, and City Livability: An Examination of Professional Sports and Crime Rates

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  • Robert Baumann

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Bryan Engelhardt

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Victor Matheson

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  • Taylor Ciavarra

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

Abstract

We estimate the impact sporting events have on local crime rates using the technique developed in Arellano and Bond (2001). For events, we consider the presence of MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL franchises as well as whether a city held one of the respective championships, the Olympics, or World Cup matches. We find little to no evidence that sporting events are correlated with either property or violent crime.

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Paper provided by International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists in its series Working Papers with number 0911.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:spe:wpaper:0911

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Keywords: Crime; Sports Economics; Economic Impact;

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