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Crime deterrence: evidence from the London 2011 riots

Bell, Brian, Jaitman, Laura and Machin, Stephen (2014) Crime deterrence: evidence from the London 2011 riots. The Economic Journal, 124 (576). pp. 480-506. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ecoj.12137


Significant riots occurred in London in August 2011. The riots took place in highly localised geographical areas, with crime going up hugely in the affected sub-wards. The criminal justice response was to make sentencing for rioters much more severe. We show a significant drop in riot crimes across London in the six months after the riots, consistent with a deterrence effect from the tougher sentencing. More evidence of general deterrence comes from the observation that crime also fell in the post-riot aftermath in areas where rioting did not take place. © 2014 Royal Economic Society.

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Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 16:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:04

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