‘Prisonomics’: A case for penal reform in the UK

Vicky Pryce interviewed by Viv Davies, 15 Feb 2014

Vicky Pryce talks to Viv Davies about her recent book ‘Prisonomics: Behind bars in Britain’s failing prisons’, which analyses the economic and social costs and consequences of women in prison and women’s prisons in the UK. Pryce presents the case for penal reform and provides a number of policy recommendations. The interview was recorded in London in January 2014.

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Prisonomics: Behind bars in Britain’s failing prisons (Pryce, V; Biteback Publising, October 2013)

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Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: crime, crime prevention, criminal behaviour

Lessons from the economics of crime

Stephen Machin, Olivier Marie, 30 January 2014

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What have economists contributed to our understanding of criminal behaviour and crime control? Could they help make sense of the recent large crime drop documented in the UK and other countries (Draca 2013, Marie 2010)?

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: crime, crime prevention, criminal behaviour

What is the long-term impact of incarcerating juveniles?

Anna Aizer, Joseph Doyle, 16 July 2013

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The US incarcerates juveniles at a much higher rate than other nations.

Topics: Education
Tags: crime, incarceration, juvenile, prisons, youth

Games on Networks

Matthew O. Jackson, Yves Zenou, 9 September 2012

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Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Industrial organisation
Tags: crime, education, unemployment

How to reduce high incarceration rates

Ben Vollaard, 24 August 2012

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Incarceration is costly – easily €100 to €200 per night per prisoner, depending on the country and the prison regime. That makes €36,500 to €73,000 per prisoner per year, excluding fixed costs of building prisons, and all other costs such as time not spent at work or with the family.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: crime, prison

Saving the banks, but not reckless bankers

Giancarlo Spagnolo, 13 August 2012

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Recent revelations on traders’ behaviour in the Libor rigging case are worrisome not only as a sign of the rotten culture of financial operators, but also for the sense of legal impunity prevailing among them (Economist 2012).

Topics: International finance
Tags: bankers, crime, financial regulation

Origins of the Sicilian Mafia

Arcangelo Dimico, Ola Olsson, Alessia Isopi, 13 May 2012

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The Italian Mafia can be seen as one of the largest and most successful businesses in Italy. In one of the latest reports from the Italian Minister of Home Affairs, it has been estimated that revenues from just the informal sector related to the Mafia amount to almost €180 billion.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, International trade
Tags: crime, Italy, mafia

Can the Mafia divert the allocation of public transfers?

Guglielmo Barone, Gaia Narciso, 5 May 2012

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Organised crime is widely regarded as damaging to economic outcomes – let alone the effects on people’s lives. Yet little is known about the mechanism at work. A recent study by Pinotti (2011) estimates the impact of organised crime on GDP-per-capita in Italy.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Macroeconomic policy, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: crime, government spending, Italy, mafia, organised crime

Can education policy be used to fight crime?

Randi Hjalmarsson, Helena Holmlund, Matthew Lindquist, 29 November 2011

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How should society fight crime? Should we adopt tough-on-crime policies that increase monitoring and lengthen prison sentences? Or should we adopt a softer strategy aimed at alleviating poverty and combating discrimination?

Topics: Education
Tags: crime, Sweden

Improving government efficiency through mechanism experiments

Sendhil Mullainathan, Jens Ludwig, 1 November 2011

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There is a movement afoot to increase the efficiency of US government activities through greater use of ‘evidence-based policy’.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: crime, evidence-based policy, mechanism design

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