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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rationalizable Suicides: Evidence from Changes in Inmates' Expected Length of Sentence (Forthcoming)
Authors: Campaniello, Nadia
Diasakos, Theodoros
Mastrobuoni, Giovanni
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Keywords: Suicides
Collective Pardons
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Campaniello N, Diasakos T & Mastrobuoni G Rationalizable Suicides: Evidence from Changes in Inmates' Expected Length of Sentence (Forthcoming), Journal of the European Economic Association.
Abstract: Is there a rational component in the decision to commit suicide? Economists have been trying to shed light on this question by studying whether suicide rates are related to contemporaneous socioeconomic conditions. This paper goes one step further: we test whether suicides are linked to forward-looking behavior. In Italy, collective sentence reductions (pardons) often lead to massive releases of prisoners. More importantly, they are usually preceded by prolonged parliamentary activity (legislative proposals, discussion, voting, etc.) that inmates seem to follow closely. We use the legislative proposals for collective pardons to measure changes in the inmates’ expectations about the length of their sentences, and nd that suicide rates tend to be signi cantly lower when pardons are proposed in congress. This suggests that, amongst inmates in Italian prisons, the average decision to commit suicide responds to changes in current expectations about future conditions. At least partially, therefore, the decision seems rationalizable
Type: Journal Article
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Notes: JEL Classification: I1, D1, K4
Affiliation: University of Essex
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