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Does Heat Cause Homicides? A Meta-Analysis

Author(s): Mgr. Vojtěch Mišák ,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2023
Number: 6
Published in: IES Working Papers 9/2023
Publishing place: Praha
Keywords: environmental law and economics, economic analysis of crime, meta-analysis, Bayesian model averaging, publication bias
JEL codes: K10, K14, K32, Q54
Suggested Citation: Mišák V. (2023): "Does Heat Cause Homicides? A Meta-Analysis" IES Working Papers 6/2023. IES FSV. Charles University.
Abstract: Several studies provide evidence that heat is positively associated with criminal activity. However, the empirical literature does not provide conclusive evidence about the effect of high temperature on homicides. I examine 156 estimates from 20 studies on the relationship between temperature and homicide rates. In particular, in this meta-analysis I study publication bias using linear and nonlinear techniques together with Bayesian model averaging to explain the heterogeneity in the estimates. After correcting estimates from the publication bias, I find no significant effect of temperature on homicide rates. Moreover, monthly data produce larger estimates. Conversely, studies using data from Asia or the OLS estimation method lead to smaller estimates.
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