Crime Economics

A frog perspective of the inside of a modern prison block, specifically depictions the rows of cells
Thursday 13 Apr 2023, 15:30 - 17:00
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Olivier Marie will give a lecture (in English) on Thursday 13 April at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He will explain how economists have come to study the reasons why people commit crime and used econometric tools to evaluate what police are best suited to reduce it.

Is it possible to think of criminal participation as a decision motivated by the ‘homo economicus’ incentives that are thought to drive many other human choices studied in economics? It took a while for economists to properly consider this question theoretically, and we are now still testing in real life if the assumption of rational crime are observed in real life. Do the police really reduce crime? Is education a good tool to decrease offending? Does legalisation of drugs increase consumption?

These are the kind of questions that will also be discussed during this lecture, looking at research results from studies that have explored these issues.   

About Olivier Marie

Oliver Marie joined the Department of Economics at Erasmus School of Economics in 2016 after having spent 8 years at Maastricht University following from graduating from a PhD in economics in the UK. He studies, using natural experiments, the impact of human decisions linked to crime participation, education investment, and family formation.

He uses administrative information together with historical data to test, using state of the art econometric methods,  such hypothesis around exogenous shocks that enable causal interpretation. The aim of his research is to better understand human decision making in various contexts in order to better inform policy design.

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