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The value of Non-random policy experiments: Data Analysis

The following graphs present crime rates in Milwaukee, Boston, Seattle, and Columbus between 1994 and 1998.

Do you think that the Operation Ceasefire (introduced in 1996) was effective in lowering violence in Boston? What other information and data would you like to have to strengthen your argument?

[Figure 1: Violent Crime Rates (per 100,000 population) between 1994 and 1998]

Violent Crime Rates (per 100,000 population) between 1994 and 1998

[Figure 2: Homicide Rates (per 100,000 population) between 1994 and 1998]

Homicide Rates (per 100,000 population) between 1994 and 1998

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