The effect of a ban on late-night off-premise alcohol sales on violent crime: Evidence from Germany

Florian Baumann, Achim Buchwald, Tim Friehe, Hanna Hottenrott, Mario Mechtel

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Abstract

The question whether alcohol consumption affects violent crime is a crucial one, and may lead to a demand for alcohol availability regulation. In this study, we explore the effects of a state-level ban on late-night off-premise alcohol sales on recorded violent crime incidents. We study the ban that was in effect from 2010 to 2017 in the German state Baden-Württemberg. The results show that that the policy reduced both late-night simple assault and aggravated assault, but had no significant effect on late-night rape or robbery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105850
JournalInternational Review of Law and Economics
Volume60
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Crime
  • Policy

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