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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2008||"Might Not Be a Tomorrow": A Multi-Methods Approach to Anticipated Early Death and Youth Crime|
with Erdal Tekin, Volkan Topalli: w14279
A number of researchers point to the anticipation of early death, or a sense of "futurelessness," as a contributing factor to youth crime and violence. Young people who perceive a high probability of early death, it is argued, may have little reason to delay gratification for the promise of future benefits, as the future itself is discounted. Consequently, these young people tend to pursue high-risk behaviors associated with immediate rewards, including crime and violence. Although existing studies lend empirical support to these arguments and show a statistical relationship between anticipated early death and youth crime, this support remains tentative. Moreover, a number of questions remain regarding the interpretation of this relationship, the meanings that offenders attach to the p...
Published: “Might Not Be a Tomorrow: Anticipated Early Death and Youth Crime,” with Timothy Brezina and Volkan Topalli. Criminology , 48: 1024 - 1049, 2009.