July 2, 2014 Print

There’s no question that this year’s World Cup has been marred by controversy. Whether its been about the disgruntled residents of Brazil, corruption scandals involving FIFA, or players biting one another on the field, people have found negative angles to focus on when writing about this year’s tournament. Last week, Ignacio Munyo, a full-time professor and director of the Center for Economics, Society and Business (ESE) took a different approach; he decided to show the world how this year’s World Cup helped reduce crime rates in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, by 15 percent. Munyo’s findings will be published in the Kyklos International Review for Social Sciences, a prestigious Swiss publication. According to an article by Uruguay’s El Pais, the study shows that during important matches, “there is a net reduction in the rates of crimes against property and not a mere temporal displacement” but that there are “no significant effects during relatively minor games.” The study was completed using official police data from Montevideo between 2002-2010. To learn more about the work of ESE, click here.