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Crime and Expected Punishment: Changes in Perceptions at the Age of Criminal Majority


Randi Hjalmarsson


University of Maryland - School of Public Policy

Spring 2009

American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 209-248, 2009

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This paper assesses whether perceived punishment severity changes discontinuously when an individual becomes an adult in the eyes of the courts. I find that the perceived chance of jail increases by 5.2 percentage points at the age of criminal majority, which is over and above the general effect of aging. The magnitude of this subjective change in the chance of jail at the age of majority appears to be substantially smaller than that found in objective data. Finally, a reduced-form analysis of whether self-reported criminal behavior changes discontinuously at the age of criminal majority finds little consistent evidence of deterrence.

JEL Classification: D01, K42

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Date posted: August 25, 2009  

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Hjalmarsson, Randi, Crime and Expected Punishment: Changes in Perceptions at the Age of Criminal Majority (Spring 2009). American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 209-248, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1458791 or http://dx.doi.org/ahn016

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Randi Hjalmarsson (Contact Author)
University of Maryland - School of Public Policy ( email )
College Park, MD 20742
United States
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