Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2035639
 
 

References (27)



 


 



Acquisitive Crime, Sentencing and Detection: An Analysis of England and Wales


Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay


University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Samrat Bhattacharya


Fifth Third Bank - Asset Management Division

Marianna Koli


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rudra Sensarma


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode

April 6, 2012


Abstract:     
We provide the first detailed econometric analysis of the impact of sentencing on various types of acquisitive crime in England and Wales. We examine (a) whether sentencing reduces crime and (b) whether short sentences are more effective than long sentences. Detection is an important explanatory variable whose effect needs to be controlled in order to identify the impact of sentencing. To address the potential endogeneity of detection, we instrument using lagged values of police expenditure and detection. Our results show that detection is significant and negatively affects all crime types while the impact of sentences is negative and significant for all crime except robbery in a linear specification. A quadratic specification shows that the linear term is positive while the square term is negative suggesting short sentences may be counterproductive in reducing robbery. We also control for a number of socio economic variables whose effects significantly affect crime.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: April 7, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Bandyopadhyay, Siddhartha and Bhattacharya, Samrat and Koli, Marianna and Sensarma, Rudra, Acquisitive Crime, Sentencing and Detection: An Analysis of England and Wales (April 6, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2035639 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2035639

Contact Information

Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (Contact Author)
University of Birmingham - Department of Economics ( email )
Economics Department
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom
Samrat Bhattacharya
Fifth Third Bank - Asset Management Division ( email )
38 Fountain Square Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45263
United States
Marianna Koli
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Rudra Sensarma
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode ( email )
Kerala
Kunnamangalam
Kozhikode, KS Kerala 673570
India
HOME PAGE: http://www.rudrasensarma.info
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 888
Downloads: 204
Download Rank: 88,635
References:  27

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.656 seconds