Crime watch: hurricanes and illegal activities

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Crime watch : hurricanes and illegal activities. / Spencer, Nekeisha ; Strobl, Eric.

In: Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 86, No. 1, 07.2019, p. 318-338.

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Spencer, Nekeisha ; Strobl, Eric. / Crime watch : hurricanes and illegal activities. In: Southern Economic Journal. 2019 ; Vol. 86, No. 1. pp. 318-338.

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