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Participation in Illegitimate Activities: Ehrlich Revisited, 1960

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Vandaele, Walter (University of California-Los Angeles. Department of Economics)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1987-10-12
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
assault; auto theft; burglary; crime; crime prevention; criminal justice system; demographic characteristics; education; income; larceny; low income groups; murder; police protection; rape; robbery; sentencing; unemployment
Description
  • Abstract

    This study re-analyzes Isaac Ehrlich's 1960 cross-section data on the relationship between aggregate levels of punishment and crime rates. It provides alternative model specifications and estimations. The study examined the deterrent effects of punishment on seven FBI index crimes: murder, rape, assault, larceny, robbery, burglary, and auto theft. Socio-economic variables include family income, percentage of families earning below half of the median income, unemployment rate for urban males in the age groups 14-24 and 35-39, labor force participation rate, educational level, percentage of young males and non-whites in the population, percentage of population in the SMSA, sex ratio, and place of occurrence. Two sanction variables are also included: 1) the probability of imprisonment, and 2) the average time served in prison when sentenced (severity of punishment). Also included are: per capita police expenditure for 1959 and 1960, and the crime rates for murder, rape, assault, larceny, robbery, burglary, and auto theft.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1960
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Note
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (J-LEAA-006-76).
Availability
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This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8677 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Ehrlich, Isaac. The market for offences and the public enforcement of laws: An equilibrium analysis. British Journal of Social Psychology.21, (2), 107-120.1982.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.1982.tb00520.x (DOI)
  • Brier, Stephen S., Fienberg, Stephen E.. Recent econometric modeling of crime and punishment: Support for the deterrence hypothesis?. Evaluation Review.44, (22), 147-191.1980.
    • ID: 10.1177/0193841X8000400201 (DOI)
  • Nagin, Daniel S.. Crime rates, sanction levels, and constraints on prison population. Law and Society Review.12, (3), 341-366.1978.
    • ID: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053284 (URL)
  • Vandaele, Walter. Participation in Illegitimate Activities: Ehrlich Revisited. Deterrence and Incapacitation: Estimating the Effects of Criminal Sanctions on Crime Rates.Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences. 1978.
  • Blumstein, A., Cohen, J., Nagin, D.. Deterrence and Incapacitation - Estimating the Effect of Criminal Sanctions on Crime Rates. NCJ 44669, Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences. 1977.
  • White, Susan O., Krislov, Samuel. Understanding Crime: An Evaluation of the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 1977.
  • Ehrlich, Isaac. The deterrent effect of capital punishment: A question of life and death. American Economic Review.65, (3), 397-417.1975.
  • Ehrlich, Isaac. Participation in illegitimate activities: An economic analysis. Essays in the Economics of Crime and Punishment.New York: Columbia University Press. 1974.
  • Ehrlich, Isaac. Participation in Illegitimate Activities: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation. Journal of Political Economy.521-565.1973.
    • ID: 10.1086/260058 (DOI)
  • Ehrlich, Isaac. Participation in Illegitimate Activities: An Economic Analysis. Dissertation, Columbia University. 1970.

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Vandaele, Walter (1987): Participation in Illegitimate Activities: Ehrlich Revisited, 1960. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08677.v1