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      Daylight saving time and crime: Does tiredness also affect criminal behavior?

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      Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
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          This paper explores the effect of Daylight Saving Time ( DST) change on aggregate crime rates. In order to do so I run regressions with hourly data on crime and I implement a regression discontinuity design with a treatment variable centered on the beginning of DST in spring. After the DST change in spring, which implies the loss of an hour at 2 a.m., there is a significant decrease in crime. Further evidence suggests that the results are not driven by a temporal displacement of crime or changes in the level of darkness. The empirical evidence suggests that reduction in crime rates could be driven by the tiredness of potential offenders and interpreted under the lens of the Routine Activities Theory. However, the study is not able to identify the direct causal effect.

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                Journal
                Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
                J Appl Biobehavioral Res
                Wiley
                1071-2089
                1751-9861
                September 2018
                January 24 2018
                September 2018
                : 23
                : 3
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Universidad de Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay
                Article
                10.1111/jabr.12115
                504ff56e-1a1a-4aa3-a4c8-3c5e087f6b41
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