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It's the phone, stupid : mobiles and murder

Author: Lena Edlund; Cecilia Machado; National Bureau of Economic Research,
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2019.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 25883.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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US homicide rates fell sharply in the early 1990s, a decade that also saw the mainstreaming of cell phones -- a concurrence that may be more than a coincidence, we propose. Cell phones may have undercut turf-based street dealing, thus undermining drug-dealing profits of street gangs, entities known to engage in violent crime. Studying county-level data for the years 1970-2009 we find that the expansion of cellular  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lena Edlund; Cecilia Machado; National Bureau of Economic Research,
OCLC Number: 1103528133
Notes: "May 2019"
Description: 1 online resource (49 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 25883.
Responsibility: Lena Edlund, Cecilia Machado.

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US homicide rates fell sharply in the early 1990s, a decade that also saw the mainstreaming of cell phones -- a concurrence that may be more than a coincidence, we propose. Cell phones may have undercut turf-based street dealing, thus undermining drug-dealing profits of street gangs, entities known to engage in violent crime. Studying county-level data for the years 1970-2009 we find that the expansion of cellular phone service (as proxied by antenna-structure density) lowered homicide rates in the 1990s. Furthermore, effects were concentrated in urban counties; among Black or Hispanic males; and more gang/drug-associated homicides.

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