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Lessons from the Economics of Crime: What Reduces Offending?

Philip J. Cook, Stephen Machin, Olivier Marie, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni


This volume includes 10 original papers on various aspects of the economics of crime, together with an introductory essay by the editors that characterizes the intellectual agenda and approach of the economists in this field. The papers cover a number of substantive topics, including both reviews and original research. There are review articles on the consequences of drug prohibition (John Donohue), on “mechanism experiments” for crime policy (Jens Ludwig, Jeff Kling, and Sendhil Mullainathan), on the relationship between crime and immigration (Brian Bell and Stephen Machin), on what works in ... More

Keywords: Crime policy, Economics of crime, Criminal justice, Evaluation

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019613
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip J. Cook, editor

Stephen Machin, editor

Olivier Marie, editor

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Crime Economics in Its Fifth Decade

Philip J. Cook, Stephen Machin, Olivier Marie, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni

Part I Policy Choice and Normative Framework

1 COPS and Cuffs

Emily Greene Owens

3 Mechanism Experiments for Crime Policy

Jens Ludwig, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Sendhil Mullainathan

Part II Crime as a Rational Choice

Part III Feedback and Interactions

7 Crime and Immigration: What Do We Know?

Brian Bell, and Stephen Machin

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