Past Event

Econ Postdoc Seminar: Francois Cohen, Economics of Sustainability Programme - "Temperature and Interpersonal Violence in Mexico"

"Temperature and Interpersonal Violence in Mexico"

This talk will take place in the Nuffield College Brock Room.

Abstract:

We estimate the effect of temperature on criminality in Mexico and question conventional wisdom that high temperatures impact human psychology. Using high-frequency data, we find a linear effect of temperatures on criminality, inconsistent with the belief that only high temperatures cause disturbances. A significant share of weather-related crimes can be explained by higher alcohol consumption (9%) and changes in time allocation during weekends (17%). Above all, 28% of weather-related crimes are committed at night, when temperatures are mild, and a third is driven by short-term displacements, causing no additional victim.

Details:

18 October 2017 17:00 - 18:00


Location

Nuffield College

1 New Road
Oxford OX1 1NF


Economics of Sustainability