Study Links Air Pollution With Increased Instances Of Violent Crime

By on June 22, 2017

A new study published by the National Bureau for Economic Research links the effects of air pollution with violent crime.

Researchers claim the Air Pollution and Criminal Activity: Evidence from Chicago Microdata report by Evan Herrnstadt (Harvard’s Center for the Environment) and Erich Muehlegger (University of California, Davis) is “the first quasi-experimental evidence that air pollution affects violent criminal activity.”

The Washington Post reports that Herrnstadt and Muehlegger compiled “a vast crime dataset from the Chicago Police Department” which included “more than 2 million major crimes committed between 2001 and 2012 in the city.”

According to the Post’s article detailing the connection between pollution and crime, “the data included the crimes’ dates and locations.” With this information, researchers determined how close violent crimes occurred near major expressways that run through Chicago.


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