TITLE

Crime and Expected Punishment: Changes in Perceptions at the Age of Criminal Majority

AUTHOR(S)
Hjalmarsson, Randi
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
American Law & Economics Review;Spring2009, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p209
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper assesses whether perceived punishment severity changes discontinuously when an individual becomes an adult in the eyes of the courts. I find that the perceived chance of jail increases by 5.2 percentage points at the age of criminal majority, which is over and above the general effect of aging. The magnitude of this subjective change in the chance of jail at the age of majority appears to be substantially smaller than that found in objective data. Finally, a reduced-form analysis of whether self-reported criminal behavior changes discontinuously at the age of criminal majority finds little consistent evidence of deterrence.
ACCESSION #
44051938

 

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