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Dry Laws and Homicides: Evidence from the São Paulo Metropolitan Area

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  • Ciro Biderman
  • JoãoMP DeMello
  • Alexandre Schneider

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We use a difference-in-differences design to estimate the causal impact of the adoption of dry laws in the São Paulo Metropolitan Area (SPMA) on violent behaviour. Dry laws cause a 10% reduction in homicides. Similar impacts were found on battery and deaths by car accidents. Copyright © The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2009.

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  • Ciro Biderman & JoãoMP DeMello & Alexandre Schneider, 2010. "Dry Laws and Homicides: Evidence from the São Paulo Metropolitan Area," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 120(543), pages 157-182, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:120:y:2010:i:543:p:157-182
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