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Sports-based Entertainment and Crime Evidence from Football Games in Brazil

ContributorsMasiero, Ilariaorcid
Published inJournal of sports economics, p. 1-20
Publication date2022-03-18
First online date2022-03-18

I investigate the relationship between sports-based entertainment and crime using nine years of hourly data on robberies and thefts by police district in São Paulo linked to information on 430 football matches. Results report a citywide voluntary incapacitation impact and a local spatial concentration effect. Robberies significantly drop during matches, especially high-audience ones. Around the stadiums, this effect is outweighed by that of concentration. While I find no evidence of spatial displacement, temporal displacement is at play, with offenses being moved up to pre-game time. I show that the game-crime link is likely deployed through potential criminals rather than victims.

  • Crime
  • Football games
  • Entertainment
  • Voluntary incapacitation
  • Brazil
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MASIERO, Ilaria. Sports-based Entertainment and Crime Evidence from Football Games in Brazil. In: Journal of sports economics, 2022, p. 1–20. doi: 10.1177/15270025221085714
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