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Street prostitution zones and crime

Bisschop, P., Kastoryano, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8500-4710 and van der Klaauw, B. (2017) Street prostitution zones and crime. AEJ: Economic Policy, 9 (4). pp. 28-63. ISSN 1945-774X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1257/pol.20150299

Abstract/Summary

This paper studies the effects of legal street prostitution zones on registered and perceived crime. We exploit a unique setting in the Netherlands where these tippelzones were opened in nine cities under different regulation systems. Our difference-in-differences analysis of 25 Dutch cities between 1994-2011 shows that opening a tippelzone decreases registered sexual abuse and rape by about 30%−40% in the first two years. For cities which enforced licensing in tippelzones, we also find reductions in drug-related crime and long-term effects on sexual assaults. Effects on perceived drug nuisance depend on the regulation system and the proximity of respondents to the tippelzone.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:93295
Publisher:American Economic Association

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