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Hardcover | $7.75 Short | £6.95 | 256 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 26 figures, 31 tables | October 2013 | ISBN: 9780262019613
eBook | $26.00 Short | October 2013 | ISBN: 9780262314626
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Lessons from the Economics of Crime

What Reduces Offending?


Economists who bring the tools of economic analysis to bear on the study of crime and crime prevention contribute to current debates a normative framework and sophisticated quantitative methods for evaluating policy, the idea of criminal behavior as rational choice, and the connection of individual choices to aggregate outcomes. The contributors to this volume draw on all three of these approaches in their investigations and discuss the policy implications of their findings.

Reporting on research in the United States, Europe, and South America, the chapters discuss such topics as a cost-benefit analysis of additional police hiring, the testing of innovative policy interventions through field experiments, imprisonment and recidivism rates, incentives and disincentives for sports hooliganism (“hooliganomics”), data showing the influence of organized crime on the quality of local politicians, and the (scant) empirical evidence for the effect of immigration on crime. These contributions demonstrate the eclectic approach of economists studying crime as well as their increasing respect for the contributions of other social scientists in this area.

Brian Bell, Paolo Buonanno, Philip J. Cook, John J. Donohue III, Jeffrey R. Kling, Jens Ludwig, Stephen Machin, Olivier Marie, Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Sendhil Mullainathan, Aurélie Ouss, Emily Greene Owens, Stefan Pichler, Paolo Pinotti, Mikael Priks, Daniel Römer, Rodrigo R. Soares, Igor Viveiros

About the Editors

Philip J. Cook is Professor of Public Policy Economics, and Sociology at Duke University, and Codirector of the NBER Crime Working Group.

Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics at University College London and Research Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

Olivier Marie is Assistant Professor of Economics at Maastricht University.

Giovanni Mastrobuoni is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin.