The Rehabilitation Effect of Punishment

Economics Inquiry, Vol. XVIII, 1980

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Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Date Written: July 1, 1980

Abstract

The putatively beneficial effect of punishment on criminal of fenders is examined by estimating a logistic specification of a two-period model of optimal participation in illegitimate and legitimate activities. Estimates are obtained utilizing a sample of parolees released from all adult correctional institutions in the United States during 1972. The conclusion would seem to be that incarceration is not substantially effective in rehabilita­tion efforts and may even have a result opposite to that intended, increased punishment may increase optimal participa­tion in crime.

Keywords: punishment, rehabilitation effect

Suggested Citation

Myers, Samuel, The Rehabilitation Effect of Punishment (July 1, 1980). Economics Inquiry, Vol. XVIII, 1980. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365421

Samuel Myers (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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