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7th Transatlantic Workshop on the Economics of Crime

The Centre for Economic Performance at LSE in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Citizen Security and Justice Sector will host the 7th Transatlantic Workshop on the Economics of Crime at the London School of Economics on 2-3 October 2015.

This 7th workshop will continue the sequence of Economics of Crime workshops in Paris (2009), Bonn (2010), Torino (2011), Rotterdam (2012), Frankfurt (2013) and Milan (2014).

We aim to bring together researchers from both sides of the Atlantic to present and discuss their work, allowing for an in-depth interaction between those working on the empirical and theoretical analysis of crime and illegal behaviour.

The workshop will consist of two keynote lectures - to be given by Sebastian Galiani (University of Maryland) and Daniel Nagin (Carnegie Mellon University) - and 10 to 12 contributed papers. This year there will be a special session on Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean to enhance the dialogue and promote cooperation in research.

Other suggested topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social prevention of crime and violence
  • Evaluation of police crime reduction strategies
  • Reinsertion and rehabilitation interventions
  • Crime and labour markets
  • Technology and illegal markets
  • Economic crises, poverty, inequality and crime
  • Urbanization and crime


We can only fund the attendance of speakers. If you would still like to attend, please register by clicking on the following link and entering your full name and affiliation details.

Information on past workshops can be found here.

The 2015 Organizing Committee is: Laura Jaitman (IDB); Stephen Machin (UCL, CEP/LSE); Randi Hjalmarsson (University of Gothenburg, Queen Mary University of London); Olivier Marie (Maastricht University); Emily Owens (UPenn); Paolo Pinotti (Bocconi).

Conference Papers

Joao Manoel de Pinho de Mello Pax Monopolista and Crime: the Case of the Emergence of the Primeiro Comando da Capital in São Paulo
Ernesto Schargrodsky Crime and Violence

Imran Rasul Measuring the Market Size for Cannabis: A New Approach
Stephen Machin Cybercrime and Moral Hazard: Evidence From the Dark Net

Daniel Nagin Measuring the Effect of the Experience of Incarceration on Reoffending

Michael Mueller-Smith The Criminal and Labor Market Impacts of Incarceration
Patrick Bennett Job Displacement and Crime
Sara Heller Summer Jobs and Youth Violence: Learning from Two Experimental Studies (paper not available)

Bryan Stuart The Effect of Social Connectedness on Crime: Evidence from the Great Migration
Hans Gronqvist Childhood Exposure to Segregation and Long-Run Criminal Involvement Evidence from the "Whole of Sweden" Strategy
Christian Dustmann, The Boys are Back in Town: The Effects of Child Gender on Youth Crime

Sebastian Galiani Stirring up the Hornet's Nest: Geographic Distribution of Crime

David Abrams Building Criminal Capital vs. Specific Deterrence: The Effect of Incarceration Length of Recidivism
Paul Heaton Deterring Crime in Community Supervision: Evidence from 24/7 Sobriety

Jordi Blanes The Effect of Police Response Time on Crime Detection
Giovanni Mastrobuoni Crime is Terribly Revealing: Information Technology and Police Productivity