Do Casinos Cause Crime?

Josh Wright —  25 March 2008

Grinols and Mustard (2006) answer “Yes” in their ReStat article.  Douglas Walker rebuts and Grinols and Mustard reply in the latest issue of Econ Journal Watch — which you should be reading.  The debate largely involves issues of measurement error and endogeneity, e.g. accounting for the possibility that crime cause casinos, and is accessible to non-economists.