Criminal Deterrence: Revisiting the Issue with a Birth Cohort

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Helen Tauchen

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ann Dryden Witte

Wellesley College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Harriet Griesinger

Wellesley College

Date Written: February 1993

Abstract

In this paper, we estimate the general deterrent effect of criminal justice resources on criminal behavior. Our panel data, which combine individual-level information on arrests and personal characteristics with aggregate measures of criminal justice resources, allow us to obtain deterrence measures that more closely reflect theoretical concepts and are of potential policy relevance. We find robust evidence of a general deterrent effect in our estimates of error components probit and Tobit models.

Suggested Citation

Tauchen, Helen V. and Dryden Witte, Ann and Griesinger, Harriet E., Criminal Deterrence: Revisiting the Issue with a Birth Cohort (February 1993). NBER Working Paper No. w4277, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=478715

Helen V. Tauchen (Contact Author)

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Harriet E. Griesinger

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