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Editor: Kevin Cole
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DeAngelo et al. on Experimental Evidence on Reducing Recidivism

Gregory J. DeAngelo , Gary Charness and Beth A. Freeborn (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Department of Economics , University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics) have posted Mechanisms for Reducing Criminal Recidivism: Experimental Evidence on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

We conduct laboratory experiments to investigate the effect of deterrence mechanisms on recidivism under controlled conditions. Experimental analysis allows for easier identification of recidivism than the use of empirical or field data. Specifically, we focus on the effect of variation in expected cost of behavior on the rate of recidivism and the number of times an individual re-offends after apprehension. We use a roadway speeding framework and find that the rate of recidivism and number of times an individual re-commits a proscribed act are strongly influenced by the expected penalty.

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