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Muehlegger's Research Featured in Washington Post

Erich Muehlegger's Research Links Pollution Levels to Violent Crime

Research by Erich Muehlegger that links ambient pollution levels to violent crime was recently featured in the Washington Post.  Muehlegger, an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at UC Davis, joined UC Davis from Harvard's Kennedy School in 2014.  The study, co-authored with Evan Hernstad of Harvard's Center for the Environment, presents “the first quasi-experimental evidence that air pollution affects violent criminal activity,” the researchers say.  They link crime data from the Chicago police department with meteorological, traffic, and other data, to find an estimated 2.2 percent higher prevalence of violent crime when a neighborhood is on “the downwind side” of major roads or interstates.

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