Giulia Lotti, 05 September 2020

More than half of all young offenders in the US are rearrested within the first year of their release from prison. And yet, the relationship between crime and punishment remains understudied. This column examines three quasi-experiments and the criminal records of 6,444 offenders in England and Wales to compare the effects of harsh versus rehabilitative incarceration practices. The findings suggest that young offenders sent to rehabilitative facilities are less likely to reoffend, while those exposed to harsher facilities are 27% more likely to reoffend, and also more likely to commit future violent offences. 

Amanda Agan, 12 April 2017

Ban the box is a policy that prohibits employers from asking about criminal records. In this video, Amanda Agan discusses whether these policies affect racial disparities in the chance of getting a job interview.  This video was recorded at the American Economic Association in Chicago in January 2017.

Alexander Cappelen, Bertil Tungodden, 02 June 2016

Are criminals lacking in moral motivation? In this video, Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden conduct an experiment in order to understand if prisoners differ from other people when it comes to sharing money. On average, prisoners share as much as others when confronted to the same situations. Their study has implications for the reintegration of criminals into society. This video was recorded at the Choice Lab, Norwegian School of Economics, in Bergen.


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