College Party Culture and Sexual Assault

Jason M. Lindo, Peter M. Siminski, Isaac D. Swensen

NBER Working Paper No. 21828
Issued in December 2015, Revised in October 2016
NBER Program(s):Economics of Education, Health Economics, Public Economics

This paper considers the degree to which events that intensify partying increase sexual assault. Estimates are based on panel data from campus and local law-enforcement agencies and an identification strategy that exploits plausibly random variation in the timing of Division 1 football games. The estimates indicate that these events increase daily reports of rape with 17-24 year old victims by 28 percent. The effects are driven largely by 17-24 year old offenders and by offenders unknown to the victim, but we also find significant effects on incidents involving offenders of other ages and on incidents involving offenders known to the victim.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21828

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