THE REHABILITATION EFFECT OF PUNISHMENT

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    Abstract

    The putatively beneficial effect of punishment on criminal offenders is examined by estimating a logistic specification of a two‐period model of optimal participation in illegitimate and legitimate activities. Estimates are obtained utilizing a sample of parolees released from all adult correctional institutions in the United States during 1972. The conclusion would seem to be that incarceration is not substantially effective in rehabilitation efforts and may even have a result opposite to that intended: increased punishment may increase optimal participation in crime.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)353-366
    Number of pages14
    JournalEconomic Inquiry
    Volume18
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1980

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