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Discussion Paper

U.S. Urban Crime Trends During Covid-19

Researchers analyze the impacts of COVID-19 on rate of reported crime.

Reviewing city-level crime data early in the pandemic, researchers reach conclusions about changes in reported crime during early COVID-19. They find that violent and nonviolent crime both decreased, with much of the decrease occurring in public places (as opposed to residential areas). They note an increase in certain types of crime, and also note that their conclusions may not account for changes in reporting rates during this time.

Abstract and Citation

U.S. Urban Crime Trends During Covid-19
Joseph Altonji, Zara Contractor, Lucas Finamor, Ryan Haygood, Ilse Lindenlaub, Costas
Meghir, Dana Scott, Liana Wang and Ebonya Washington
Tobin Center for Economic Policy
Yale University
July 5, 2020