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Lessons from the Economics of CrimeWhat Reduces Offending?$
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Philip J. Cook, Stephen Machin, Olivier Marie, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019613

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019613.001.0001

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Mechanism Experiments for Crime Policy

Mechanism Experiments for Crime Policy

Chapter:
(p.67) 3 Mechanism Experiments for Crime Policy
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Lessons from the Economics of Crime
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Jens Ludwig

Jeffrey R. Kling

Sendhil Mullainathan

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019613.003.0004

Randomized controlled trials are increasingly used to evaluate policies, including in the area of crime policy. How can these experiments best inform policy? Greater use should be made of experiments that identify behavioral mechanisms that are central to clearly specified policy questions, designated “mechanism experiments.” These types of experiments can be of great policy value even if the intervention that is tested (or its setting) does not correspond exactly to any realistic policy option.

Keywords:   Crime, Policy experiments, Mediators, Mechanisms

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