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

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  • Robert Baumann

    () (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Bryan Engelhardt

    () (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Victor Matheson

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  • Taylor Ciavarra

    () (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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  • Robert Baumann & Bryan Engelhardt & Victor Matheson & Taylor Ciavarra, 2009. "Sports Franchises, Stadiums, and City Livability: An Examination of Professional Sports and Crime Rates," Working Papers 0911, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
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    1. Joshua C. Hall & Hyunqoong Pyun, 2016. "Does the Presence of Professional Football Cause Crime in a City? Evidence from Pontiac, Michigan," Working Papers 16-02, Department of Economics, West Virginia University.

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    Keywords

    Crime; Sports Economics; Economic Impact;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock

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