Incarceration Spillovers in Criminal and Family Networks

29 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 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: August 2018

Abstract

Using quasi-random assignment of criminal cases to judges, we estimate large incarceration spillovers in criminal and brother networks. When a defendant is sent to prison, there are 51 and 32 percentage point reductions in the probability his criminal network members and younger brothers will be charged with a crime, respectively, over the ensuing four years. Correlational evidence misleadingly finds small positive effects. These spillovers are of first order importance for policy, as the network reductions in future crimes committed are larger than the direct effect on the incarcerated defendant.

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Bhuller, Manudeep and Dahl, Gordon B. and Løken, Katrine Vellesen and Mogstad, Magne, Incarceration Spillovers in Criminal and Family Networks (August 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24878. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3226807

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