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Arena-based events and crime: an analysis of hourly robbery data


  • Justin Kurland


This article makes use of hourly crime counts to model the relationship between events that take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and robberies, an arena that has caused local controversy regarding the costs and benefits of hosting such an entertainment venue. Results from the econometric model suggest that the NHL’s New Jersey Devils ice hockey games, concerts, and Disney-themed events are all associated with increases in robbery, while various other event categories such as the NBA basketball games played by the Nets and boxing, and mixed martial arts (MMA) matches are not associated with an increase. These findings support two complementary ecological theories of crime that focus on how events provide additional opportunities for crime by increasing the associated benefits while simultaneously decreasing the cost for economically motivated offenders to take advantage of.

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  • Justin Kurland, 2019. "Arena-based events and crime: an analysis of hourly robbery data," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 51(36), pages 3947-3957, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:51:y:2019:i:36:p:3947-3957
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2019.1587590

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    1. Renee Zahnow & Jonathan Corcoran & Anthony Kimpton & Rebecca Wickes, 2022. "Neighbourhood places, collective efficacy and crime: A longitudinal perspective," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 59(4), pages 789-809, March.
    2. Chen, Yongqi & Riddell, Jordan R. & Hill, Joshua B. & Chen, Peng & Piquero, Alex R. & Kurland, Justin, 2022. "Gold, silver, and bronze: Measuring the impact of the Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics on crime," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 78(C).

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