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Discussion Paper

The Effects of Social Movements: Evidence from #MeToo

Published: December 2019
Researchers aimed to understand the causal effects of social movements, given the importance of social movements in societal change, and use the #MeToo movement as a case study.

Constructing a dataset of crimes reported in 31 OECD countries, researchers analyzed the #MeToo movement in conjunction with the types of crimes reported over time and across countries. They found that the movement increased the rate of reports of sex crimes across socioeconomic groups, increased arrests for sexual assaults, and did not affect the crime incidence. These findings impact understanding of why and how social movements influence decision making and societal change.

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