The Economics of Crime (CRI)
Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig, and Justin McCrary, Directors
The NBER's Working Group on the Economics of Crime brings together economists and other scholars who research the causes and consequences of crime, as well as the ways to reduce the costs of crime to society. Among the topics of interest are: first, estimating the costs and benefits of criminal justice programs and policies; second, the analysis of underground markets, including drugs, firearms, prostitution, human smuggling, money laundering, and other illicit goods and services; and third, the influence on crime of other aspects of economic life, including education, health care, substance abuse, and the labor market. The Group will meet one or two times per year for discussions of new research, and will seek opportunities for publication of symposiums on special topics.