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Economic Contributions to the Understanding of Crime


Steven D. Levitt


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Thomas J. Miles


University of Chicago - Law School

December 2006

Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 2, pp. 147-164, 2006

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The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the application of empirical economic approaches to the study of crime and the criminal justice system. Much of this research has emphasized identifying causal impacts, as opposed to correlations. These studies have generally found that increases in police and greater incarceration lead to reduced crime. The death penalty, as currently used in the United States, does not appear to lower crime. We also review the evidence on three other crime-related debates in which economists have played a central role: racial profiling, concealed weapons laws, and the impact of legalized abortion.

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Date posted: October 18, 2010  

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Levitt, Steven D. and Miles, Thomas J., Economic Contributions to the Understanding of Crime (December 2006). Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 2, pp. 147-164, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1693691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.lawsocsci.2.081805.105856

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Steven D. Levitt (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - Economics ( email )
Graduate School of Business
1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )
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Thomas J. Miles
University of Chicago - Law School ( email )
1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
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