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Youth Offenders and the Deterrence Effect of Prison


Justin McCrary


University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sarath Sanga


Yale Law School

August 3, 2011


Abstract:     
In this paper, we present evidence from six data sets on the participation of youth in crime near the age of criminal majority. The evidence suggests smooth behavior through the transition to adulthood, despite substantial changes in punitiveness. This is consistent with small deterrence effects of long prisons sentences for youthful offenders.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: Deterrence, juvenile crime

JEL Classification: D9, K4

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Date posted: January 6, 2012  

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McCrary, Justin and Sanga, Sarath, Youth Offenders and the Deterrence Effect of Prison (August 3, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1980326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1980326

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Justin McCrary
University of California, Berkeley ( email )
310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Sarath Sanga (Contact Author)
Yale Law School ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
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