Does Three Strikes Deter?

  title={Does Three Strikes Deter?},
  author={Eric Helland and Alexander Tabarrok},
  journal={The Journal of Human Resources},
  pages={309 - 330}
We take advantage of the fortuitous randomization of trial outcome to provide a novel strategy to identify the deterrent effect exclusive of incapacitation. We compare the post-sentencing criminal activity of criminals who were convicted of a strikeable offense with those who were tried for a strikeable offense but convicted of a nonstrikeable offense. As a robustness check, we also make this comparison in states without three-strikes laws. The identification strategy lets us estimate the… Expand

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