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Crime Rates and Local Labor Market Opportunities In the United States: 1979-1997
The labor market prospects of young, unskilled men fell dramatically in the 1980s and improved in the 1990s. Crime rates show a reverse pattern: increasing during the 1980s and falling in the 1990s.Expand
The Enrollment Effects of Merit‐Based Financial Aid: Evidence from Georgia’s HOPE Program
Introduced in 1993, Georgia’s HOPE Program sponsors a merit‐based scholarship for students attending in‐state colleges and a grant for those entering technical schools. There are no incomeExpand
Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Sentencing: Evidence from the U.S. Federal Courts*
This paper examines 77,236 federal offenders sentenced under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 and concludes the following. First, after controlling for extensive criminological, demographic, andExpand
Crime, Deterrence, and Right‐to‐Carry Concealed Handguns
Using cross‐sectional time‐series data for U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992, we find that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes, without increasing accidental deaths. IfExpand
The Enrollment Effects of Merit-Based Financial Aid: Evidence from Georgia's Hope Scholarship
Introduced in 1993, Georgia’s HOPE Program sponsors a merit‐based scholarship for students attending in‐state colleges and a grant for those entering technical schools. There are no incomeExpand
Casinos, Crime, and Community Costs
We examine the relationship between casinos and crime using county-level data for the United States between 1977 and 1996. Casinos were nonexistent outside Nevada before 1978, and expanded to manyExpand
Racial, Ethnic and Gender Disparities in Sentencing: Evidence from the US Federal Courts
Experience Lecturer, University of Chicago Department of Economics (1995-1997) Assistant Professor, University of Georgia Department of Economics (1997-2003) Georgia Governor’s Workers’ CompensationExpand
Student Responses to Merit Scholarship Retention Rules
A common justification for state-sponsored merit scholarships like Georgia’s HOPE program is to promote academic achievement. However, grade-based retention rules encourage other behavioralExpand
How Do Labor Markets Affect Crime? New Evidence on an Old Puzzle
For nearly 50 years academics have been studying how labor markets affect crime. The initial interesting and important theoretical and empirical work generated substantial interest in studying crimeExpand
Business profitability versus social profitability: evaluating industries with externalities, the case of casinos
Casino gambling is a social issue, because in addition to the direct benefits to those who own and use casinos, positive and negative externalities are reaped and borne by those who do not gamble. ToExpand
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