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We estimate the impact sporting events have on local crime rates using the technique developed in Arellano and Bond (2001). For events, we consider the presence of MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL franchises as well as whether a city held one of the respective championships, the Olympics, or World Cup matches. We find little to no evidence that sporting events are correlated with either property or violent crime.
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Baumann, Robert; Engelhardt, Bryan; Matheson, Victor; and Ciavarra, Taylor, "Sports Franchises, Stadiums, and City Livability: An Examination of Professional Sports and Crime Rates" (2009). Economics Department Working Papers. Paper 30.