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Anuj K. Shah

Booth School of Business
University of Chicago
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May 2015Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago
with Sara B. Heller, Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, Sendhil Mullainathan, Harold A. Pollack: w21178
We present the results of three large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs) carried out in Chicago, testing interventions to reduce crime and dropout by changing the decision-making of economically disadvantaged youth. We study a program called Becoming a Man (BAM), developed by the non-profit Youth Guidance, in two RCTs implemented in 2009–10 and 2013– 15. In the two studies participation in the program reduced total arrests during the intervention period by 28–35%, reduced violent-crime arrests by 45–50%, improved school engagement, and in the first study where we have follow-up data, increased graduation rates by 12–19%. The third RCT tested a program with partially overlapping components carried out in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), which reduced readmi...

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