Homelessness and crime: Do your friends matter?

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This paper investigates the influence of friends on crime, using data I collected among the homeless. To estimate the causal effects of friends and of the share of criminal friends on crime, I rely on two instruments. The first is the share of rainy days during one's first year as homeless: rainfall fosters homeless's concentration in sheltered places and increases the probability of interactions. The second is the share of inmates released during one's first year as homeless, which a¤ects the supply of criminal friends. I find that one additional friend decreases the probability of incarceration but criminal friends increases it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)n/a-n/a
JournalEconomic Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • homelessness, crime


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