Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Indirect Effects of a Policy Altering Criminal Behavior: Evidence from the Italian Prison Experiment

Abstract : We exploit the 2006 Italian prison pardon to evaluate peer effects in criminal behavior. The pardon randomly commutes actual sentences to expected sentences for 40 percent of the Italian prison population. Using prison and geographical origin to construct reference groups for former inmates, we find large indirect effects of this policy. In particular, we find that the reduction in the individuals' recidivism due to an increase in their peers' residual sentence is at least as large as their response to an increase in their own residual sentence. From this result we estimate a social multiplier in crime of two.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

https://hal-sciencespo.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03461249
Contributor : Spire Sciences Po Institutional Repository Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:00:29 PM
Last modification on : Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 3:43:21 AM

File

2012-drago-galbiati-indirect-e...
Publisher files allowed on an open archive

Identifiers

Citation

Francesco Drago, Roberto Galbiati. Indirect Effects of a Policy Altering Criminal Behavior: Evidence from the Italian Prison Experiment. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, 2012, 4 (2), pp.199 - 218. ⟨10.1257/app.4.2.199⟩. ⟨hal-03461249⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

2

Files downloads

3