Partially Identified Treatment Effects Under Imperfect Compliance: The Case of Domestic Violence
University of Reading; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4565
During the 1980s a set of randomized experiments were carried out to determine the usefulness of a mandatory arrest policy for domestic assault offenders. The first of these was the Minneapolis Domestic Violence experiment (MDVE), which was carried out in 1981. This paper re-examines the data from the MDVE and uses the recent literature on partial identification to determine the implications for a mandatory arrest policy for domestic assault offenders today. I find support for a mandatory arrest policy for domestic assault offenders, even under a set of minimal assumptions on offender and police behavior.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: partial identification, experiments, illegal behavior, policing
JEL Classification: C9, C14, K42
Date posted: November 24, 2009