Sex Offender Registries: Fear without Function?

@article{Agan2011SexOR,
  title={Sex Offender Registries: Fear without Function?},
  author={Amanda Y. Agan},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={2011},
  volume={54},
  pages={207 - 239}
}
  • Amanda Y. Agan
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
I use three separate data sets and designs to determine whether sex offender registries are effective. First, I use state-level panel data to determine whether sex offender registries and public access to them decrease the rate of rape and other sexual abuse. Second, I use a data set that contains information on the subsequent arrests of sex offenders released from prison in 1994 in 15 states to determine whether registries reduce the recidivism rate of offenders required to register compared… Expand
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