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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Samuel R. Bondurant

Department of Economics
Texas A&M University
4228 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843

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September 2016Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and Local Crime
with Jason M. Lindo, Isaac D. Swensen: w22610
In this paper we estimate the effects of expanding access to substance-abuse treatment on local crime. We do so using an identification strategy that leverages variation driven by substance-abuse-treatment facility openings and closings measured at the county level. The results indicate that substance-abuse-treatment facilities reduce both violent and financially motivated crimes in an area, and that the effects are particularly pronounced for relatively serious crimes. The effects on homicides are documented across three sources of homicide data.
 
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