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Paper ‘Street Prostitution Zones and Crime’ by Paul Bisschop published in American Economic Journal


A joint paper by Paul Bisschop (SEO), Stephen Kastoryano (University of Mannheim) and Bas van der Klaauw (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) about the effects of street prostitution zones on citywide crime numbers recently was published in the November issue of American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 

In the paper ‘Street Prostitution Zones and Crime’, the researchers use a difference-in-difference analysis of 25 Dutch cities to the examine the crime effects of opening or closing a legal street prostitution zone. Introducing a legal tippelzone led to a decrease in registered sexual abuse and rape by about 30 to 40 percent during the first two years after opening. Cities that introduced a license system in order to keep order at the street prostitution zone experienced a decline in drug related crime too.  

You can read the full article on American Economic Journal.

The internet blog Marginal Revolution, famous among economists, discussed the paper at October 31st.


Paul Bisschop started to work as a researcher in the Labour & Education practice in 2012. His fields of expertise are program evaluation in education and various labour market problems. You can read more on his extended profile.


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