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Impatience, reputation and offending

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Reconviction rates for offenders are high despite sentence severity increasing with the number of convictions. The standard one-shot model of crime provides little scope for exploring ‘persistence effects’, although recent papers by Emons and others have sought to put offending decisions into a more dynamic setting. This article develops a simple two-period model of offending in which criminal convictions act as an adverse signal in labour markets. Ordinary and multinomial logistic regression modelling is used to test the predictions of the theoritical model and explore the link between unemployment and convictions. The empirical results, which are based on longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) in the UK, strongly support the view that, ceteris paribus, individuals with previous convictions are at higher risk of being unemployed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2010.500277

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology, Alcuin College, University of York, YO10 5DD, UK 2: Management School, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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