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The Impact of Sodomy Law Repeals on Crime

Ciacci, Riccardo and Sansone, Dario (2020): The Impact of Sodomy Law Repeals on Crime.

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We exploit variation in the timing of decriminalization of same-sex sexual intercourse across U.S. states to estimate the impact of these law changes on crime. We provide the first evidence that sodomy law repeals led to a decline in the number of arrests for disorderly conduct, prostitution, and other sex offenses. Furthermore, we show that these repeals led to a reduction in arrests for drug and alcohol consumption.

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