Samuel R. Bondurant
Dallas-Fort Worth Research Data Center
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
2200 N Pearl Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Institutional Affiliation: U.S. Census Bureau
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2020||Beyond Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: The Role of Teachers and Schools in Reporting Child Maltreatment|
with Maria D. Fitzpatrick, Cassandra Benson: w27033
Nearly 4 in 10 children report experiencing maltreatment by adulthood. Early detection mitigates maltreatment’s negative effects. Yet factors that drive early detection remain understudied. We examine one possible source of early detection: educators in school settings. Administrative data on reports of child maltreatment across the U.S. over a 14-year period allows us to use two different regression discontinuity methods, one based on school-entry laws and one on school calendars. Both methods show education professionals are reporting cases that would have been missed otherwise. These findings suggest that improved training and support of educators may improve society's ability to help children and families.
|September 2016||Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and Local Crime|
with Jason M. Lindo, Isaac D. Swensen: w22610
In this paper we estimate the effects of expanding access to substance-abuse treatment on local crime. We do so using an identification strategy that leverages variation driven by substance-abuse-treatment facility openings and closings measured at the county level. The results indicate that substance-abuse-treatment facilities reduce both violent and financially motivated crimes in an area, and that the effects are particularly pronounced for relatively serious crimes. The effects on homicides are documented across three sources of homicide data.
Published: Samuel R. Bondurant & Jason M. Lindo & Isaac D. Swensen, 2018. "Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and Local Crime," Journal of Urban Economics, . citation courtesy of