Does home sharing impact crime rate? A tale of two cities

Wencui Han, Xunyi Wang

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Abstract

The rise of home sharing has disrupted traditional industries and has a number of unforeseen societal impacts. These changes sparked policy debates on how to keep home sharing platforms' rapid growth in a sustainable manner. This paper empirically investigates whether and how home sharing impacts the crime rate in the community. Using two policy changes in New York City and San Francisco to mimic an experimental design, and using a difference in difference model, we found a positive association between commercial home sharing and the increase of the crime rate. Leveraging instrumental variables estimation method, we further found that there is no significant relationship between non-commercial (authentic) home sharing and violent criminal activity. This paper provides empirical evidence to support policy change. It also contributes to the understanding of the sharing economy business model and its societal impacts. Further robustness checks will be implemented to validate the findings of this research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683197
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Event40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Dec 15 2019Dec 18 2019

Publication series

Name40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019

Conference

Conference40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period12/15/1912/18/19

Keywords

  • Authentic Sharing
  • Commercial Sharing
  • Crime
  • Difference in Difference
  • Sharing Economy
  • Societal Impact
  • Space Sharing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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    Han, W., & Wang, X. (2020). Does home sharing impact crime rate? A tale of two cities. In 40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 (40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019). Association for Information Systems.