Sentencing Policy, Implied Demographic Welfare Weights, and the Theory of Sentencing Reform

27 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 1997

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Joel Waldfogel

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 26, 1994

Abstract

Different groups of people experience varying degrees of different externalties. By a government's choice of expenditures to control externalities, it affects different members of the population differently. These choices implicitly "value" the welfare of members of different groups. This paper adapts the framework developed by Ahmad and Stern(1984) to infer welfare weights underlying a system of commodity taxation, to infer the welfare weights implicitly attached to different population groups by U.S. sentencing policy. We also calculate welfare-improving directions of sentencing reform.

JEL Classification: H23, K14

Suggested Citation

Waldfogel, Joel, Sentencing Policy, Implied Demographic Welfare Weights, and the Theory of Sentencing Reform (October 26, 1994). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=48681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.48681

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