Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Wood , Daniel
Tollison , Robert
In the early 1990s many states adopted some form of sentence enhancement law for repeat offenders. A three-strike law in many states, most notably California's, was a common form of these laws. Using a difference-in-difference methodology, this thesis demonstrates that sentence enhancement laws reduce property crime rates by 10 percent or more. A basic cost-benefit analysis, however, leaves open the question of whether social welfare is enhanced by sentence enhancements.
May, David, "HAVE SENTENCE ENHANCEMENTS HAD A DETERRENT EFFECT ON CRIME AND WHAT ARE THE SOCIAL WELFARE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE LAWS?" (2014). All Theses. 1991.