No. 2018-01 - Understanding Interpersonal Violence: the Impact of Temperatures in Mexico

Date: 10 January 2018

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%). Also, 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.

Fran├žois Cohen Fidel Gonzalez

Economics of Sustainability

Economics of Sustainability

No. 2018-01 - Understanding Interpersonal Violence: the Impact of Temperatures in Mexico


Type: inet-working-paper

Cohen, F. & Gonzalez, F. (2018). 'Understanding Interpersonal Violence: the Impact of Temperatures in Mexico'. INET Oxford Working Paper. No. 2018-01.


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