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Essays on the Economics of Crime and Criminal Sentencing

McConnell, BI; (2015) Essays on the Economics of Crime and Criminal Sentencing. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis is comprised of two papers, both related to the criminal justice system. In the rst paper, I examine racial and ethnic sentencing di erentials in US federal courts. The aim is to better understand not just the magnitude of these di erentials, but rather their source. The second paper evaluates a cannabis depenalization policy in a single London borough, and assesses how such a policy can impact both drugs, and non-drugs crime, considering the responses of drug users and the police. As such, these papers contribute to a large body of literature concerning the economics of crime. The rst, by better understanding sentencing outcomes, and the second, by considering how drug users and police respond to change in illicit drugs policy. 2

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Essays on the Economics of Crime and Criminal Sentencing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469566
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