Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Partha Deb

Second Advisor

Matthew Baker

Academic Program Adviser

Randall Filer


This research examines whether opening up grocery stores in underserved areas in New York City have an affect on the occurrence of crimes in those neighborhoods. Using data from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) grocery stores and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on crime statistics by precinct, regressions are run to determine how the different types of crime varies across precincts over time with the introduction of the FRESH program by employing a difference in difference regression with fixed effects. The primary data for my project was collected from Historical New York City Crime Data by the New York City Police Department(NYPD). The key findings are that some incidence of crime, mainly misdemeanors, have declined while the seven major felony offenses have increased in the vicinity of the FRESH stores. This finding may reflect either an increase in felony crimes or be the result of the authorities laying more serious charges in an effort to suppress crime in theses areas.

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Economics Commons



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