Does Lower Sexism Lead to More Sexual Violence? Evidence from #MeToo
- Chen, Feng (Tulane University)
- Long, Wei (Tulane University)
AbstractIn this paper, we exploit the sexism index at the media market level to study the eﬀects of the MeToo movement on sexual crime. We show that the MeToo effects are heterogeneous on documented sexual crimes across diﬀerent areas in the United States, with low sexism areas witnessed a greater and statistically signiﬁcant increase in the number of documented sexual crimes. Investigations on the mechanism of the MeToo eﬀects show that the surge was primarily caused by reporting of sexual crimes rather than an increase in actual incidents.
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