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Replication data for: The Incapacitation Effect of Incarceration: Evidence from Several Italian Collective Pardons

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V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Barbarino, Alessandro
  • Mastrobuoni, Giovanni
Publication Date
2014-01-04
Description
  • Abstract

    We estimate the "incapacitation effect" on crime using variation in Italian prison population driven by eight collective pardons passed between 1962 and 1990. The prison releases are sudden (within one day), very large (up to 35 percent of the entire prison population), and happen nationwide. Exploiting this quasi-natural experiment we break the simultaneity of crime and prisoners and, in addition, use the national character of the pardons to separately identify incapacitation from changes in deterrence. The elasticity of total crime with respect to incapacitation is between -17 and -30 percent. A cost-benefit analysis suggests that Italy's prison population is below its optimal level.
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  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/pol.6.1.1 (Text)
Publications
  • Barbarino, Alessandro, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni. “The Incapacitation Effect of Incarceration: Evidence from Several Italian Collective Pardons.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6, no. 1 (February 2014): 1–37. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.6.1.1.
    • ID: 10.1257/pol.6.1.1 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Barbarino, Alessandro; Mastrobuoni, Giovanni (2014): Replication data for: The Incapacitation Effect of Incarceration: Evidence from Several Italian Collective Pardons. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114849