Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia.

  title={Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia.},
  author={Christopher Blattman and Julian Jamison and Margaret A. Sheridan},
  journal={The American economic review},
  volume={107 4},
We show that a number of noncognitive skills and preferences, including patience and identity, are malleable in adults, and that investments in them reduce crime and violence. We recruited criminally engaged men and randomized one-half to eight weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy designed to foster self-regulation, patience, and a noncriminal identity and lifestyle. We also randomized $200 grants. Cash alone and therapy alone initially reduced crime and violence, but effects dissipated over… CONTINUE READING


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