Intergenerational Effects of Incarceration

14 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2018

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Manudeep Bhuller

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; Statistics Norway

Gordon B. Dahl

UC San Diego - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Rochester - Department of Economics

Katrine Vellesen Løken

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Magne Mogstad

Statistics Norway; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

An often overlooked population in discussions of prison reform is the children of inmates. How a child is affected depends both on what incarceration does to their parent and what they learn from their parent's experience. To overcome endogeneity concerns, we exploit the random assignment of judges who differ in their propensity to send defendants to prison. Using longitudinal data for Norway, we find that imprisonment has no effect on fathers’ recidivism but reduces their employment by 20 percentage points. We find no evidence that paternal incarceration affects a child's criminal activity or school performance.

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Suggested Citation

Bhuller, Manudeep and Dahl, Gordon B. and Løken, Katrine Vellesen and Mogstad, Magne, Intergenerational Effects of Incarceration (January 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24227. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3106668

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Katrine Vellesen Løken

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Magne Mogstad

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