The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) Rating System and Juvenile Delinquency: A Look at the Movie Impact on Society and Human Behavior Open Access

Zhu, Xinyi (2015)

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This paper examines the empirical relationship between the introduction of "PG-13" rating rule by MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America's) in 1984 and the juvenile crime in United States. This paper uses the adoption of "PG-13" in 1984 as a natural experiment to study how the movies affect adolescents' behavior. By using OLS models, this paper discover that there is a significant negative coefficient between the adoption of the policy and sex-related crime rate as well as a significant and positive coefficient between the adoption of the policy and violence-related crime rate. Thus, this paper concludes that the adoption of "PG-13" in 1984 decreased the number of sex-related crime conducted by children from 10-12 but increased the number of violence-related crime conducted by children from 10-12. The results from the paper suggest that MPAA board to pay equally attention on both violent and sexual content while rating movies.

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I. Introduction

II. Literature Review

III. Data

IV. Empirical Strategy

A. Empirical Method

B. Ordinary Least Square

V. Result and Discussion

VI. Conclusion

VII. Reference

VIII. Figures and Tables

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