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BIP Research Cluster seminar: 'Hanging Out with the Usual Suspects: Peer Effects and Recidivism'

Research Cluster

Speaker:Kevin Schnepel, University of Sydney
Date: Thursday 6 April 2017
Time: 2.30 pm
Location: Constantine Leventis Teaching Room

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Co-written with Steve Billings


Social interactions within neighborhoods, schools and detention facilities are important determinants of criminal behavior. However, little is known about the degree to which neighborhood peers affect successful community reentry following incarceration. This paper measures the influence of pre-incarceration social networks on recidivism by exploiting the fact that peers may be locked up when a prisoner returns home. Using detailed arrest and incarceration data that includes residential addresses for offenders, we find consistent and robust evidence that a former inmate is less likely to reoffend if more of his peers are held captive while he reintegrates into society.