Researchers Just Discovered a Hidden Factor that Could be Driving Violent Crimes

12/21/2015 - Assistant Professor of Economics Eric Muehlegger in The Washington Post.

In a paper published by the National Bureau for Economic Research, two researchers say they have found a startling connection between exposure to outdoor pollution and an increase in violent crime.

The study, released last week, presents “the first quasi-experimental evidence that air pollution affects violent criminal activity,” the researchers say. The authors are Evan Herrnstadt of Harvard’s Center for the Environment and Erich Muehlegger of the University of California, Davis.

Read the full story in The Washington Post.