Reducing crime and violence: experimental evidence on adult noncognitive investments in Liberia
Christopher Blattman (),
Julian C Jamison and
No 7648, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank
The paper shows that self-control, time preferences, and values are malleable in adults, and that investments in these skills and preferences reduce crime and violence. The authors recruited criminally-engaged Liberian men and randomized half to eight weeks of group cognitive behavioral therapy, fostering self-regulation, patience, and noncriminal values. They also randomized $200 grants. Cash alone and therapy alone dramatically reduced crime and violence, but effects dissipated within a year. When cash followed therapy, however, crime and violence decreased by as much as 50 percent for at least a year. They hypothesize that cash reinforced therapy's lessons by prolonging practice and self-investment.
Keywords: Inequality; Disability; Economic Assistance; Governance Diagnostic Capacity Building; Macroeconomic Management; Services&Transfers to Poor; Access of Poor to Social Services; Economic Forecasting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-exp, nep-pr~ and nep-neu
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:7648
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank 1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20433. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Roula I. Yazigi ().