Title

Do Nuisance Ordinances Increase Eviction Risk?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20201119

Abstract

We estimate the causal impact of criminal activity nuisance ordinances on tenant evictions and eviction filings. These ordinances penalize property owners when certain types of illegal activity occur on or near their property, reported primarily through 911 calls. We exploit the staggered implementation of laws by municipalities and estimate the treatment effect on eviction outcomes using a difference-in-difference framework. The results show that criminal activity nuisance ordinances increase eviction filing rates by about 16 percent of the sample mean and court ordered evictions by 14 percent of the sample mean.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

AEA Papers and Proceedings, v. 110, p. 452-456

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