Homicides and the Age of Criminal Responsibility: A Density Discontinuity Approach
João S. De Faria (),
Felipe Iachan () and
Bárbara Caballero ()
Economía Journal, 2018, vol. Volume 19 Number 1, issue Fall 2018, 59-92
We employ a density discontinuity design to evaluate the deterrence effect of more severe punishments around the legal age of criminal responsibility in Brazil. Motivated by the criminology literature, we propose a novel proxy based on the inherent risk underlying criminal activities. Using violent death rates as a proxy for an individualâ€™s involvement in violent crime, we find no discernible deterrence effects. We additionally study arrest data from the countryâ€™s third most populous state, Rio de Janeiro, and discuss the advantages of our proxy in light of potential underreporting biases from using criminal records.
Keywords: Crime; deterrence; homicide; legal majority age (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J18 J22 K14 K42 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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