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Study Finds Reports of Domestic Violence Rise 10% After NFL Upsets

22 March 2011

Calls to the police reporting men’s assaults on their wives or intimate partners rose 10 percent in areas where the local National Football League team lost a game they were favored to win, according to an analysis of 900 regular-season NFL games reports researchers in a paper in The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Read the paper: Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior

Published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Advance Access, 21 March 2011.

Read the press release here.



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