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First-day criminal recidivism

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  • Munyo, Ignacio
  • Rossi, Martín A.

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We report that on any given day the number of inmates released from incarceration significantly affects the number of offenses committed this day, and we name this as first-day recidivism. Our estimates of this novel approach to study early recidivism are robust to a variety of alternative model specifications. We then show that first-day recidivism can be eliminated by an increase in the gratuity provided to prisoners at the time of their release. A simple cost–benefit analysis shows that increasing the gratuity at release is a very efficient policy.

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  • Munyo, Ignacio & Rossi, Martín A., 2015. "First-day criminal recidivism," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(C), pages 81-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:124:y:2015:i:c:p:81-90
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2014.12.002
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    1. Roberto Galbiati & Aurélie Ouss & Arnaud Philippe, 2015. "Jobs, News and Re-offending after Incarceration," Sciences Po publications 41, Sciences Po.

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    Keywords

    Recidivism; Property crime; Liquidity constraints;

    JEL classification:

    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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