Essay 3. Does religion really reduce crime? A large research literature has established a negative relationship between local crime measures and religious participation using ordinary least-squares (OLS) regression analysis. If crime affects religious participation, however, OLS coefficients in this context suffer from endogeneity bias. Using historic participation as an instrument for current religious participation, I find a negligible effect of religion on crime and a negative effect of crime on religion. To further explore the relationship between religious participation and crime, I examine variation in crime incidence around Easter. Consistent with the IV results, I find no evidence of a decrease in crime following Easter.Essay 3.
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