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Mechanisms for Reducing Criminal Recidivism: Experimental Evidence


Gregory J. DeAngelo


Texas Tech University - Department of Economics and Geography

Gary Charness


University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics

Beth A. Freeborn


Bureau of Economics

July 5, 2011


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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Recidivism, Deterrence, Uncertainty, Enforcement

JEL Classification: K10, K42

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Date posted: July 25, 2011  

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DeAngelo, Gregory J. and Charness, Gary and Freeborn, Beth A., Mechanisms for Reducing Criminal Recidivism: Experimental Evidence (July 5, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1894086 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1894086

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Gregory Joseph DeAngelo (Contact Author)
Texas Tech University - Department of Economics and Geography ( email )
Lubbock, TX 79409-2101
United States
Gary Charness
University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics ( email )
2127 North Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States
805-893-2412 (Phone)
805-893-8830 (Fax)
Beth A. Freeborn
Bureau of Economics ( email )
601 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States
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