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June 17, 2010

"The Impact of Juvenile Transfer Laws on Juvenile Crime"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new empirical paper now available via SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

We analyze the effects on juvenile crime of tougher state laws governing the transfer of juveniles to the adult criminal justice system, including mandatory waiver and statutory exclusion laws. After controlling for other factors that influence juvenile crime and attempting to correct for the endogeneity of the juvenile transfer laws, we find no evidence that any of the transfer laws is negatively related to total juvenile crime, juvenile property crime, or juvenile violent crime. Moreover, we find that statutory exclusion laws and a weighted index of the severity of all transfer laws are both positively related to juvenile property crime.

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