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dc.contributor.authorCampaniello, Nadiaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDiasakos, Theodorosen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMastrobuoni, Giovannien_UK
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-24T22:23:28Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-24T22:23:28Z-
dc.date.issued2017-04en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/23582-
dc.description.abstractIs 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 find that suicide rates tend to be significantly 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.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen_UK
dc.relationCampaniello N, Diasakos T & Mastrobuoni G (2017) Rationalizable Suicides: Evidence from Changes in Inmates' Expected Length of Sentence. Journal of the European Economic Association, 15 (2), pp. 388-428. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvw008en_UK
dc.rightsThis item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.en_UK
dc.subjectSuicidesen_UK
dc.subjectRationalityen_UK
dc.subjectPrisonsen_UK
dc.subjectCollective Pardonsen_UK
dc.titleRationalizable Suicides: Evidence from Changes in Inmates' Expected Length of Sentenceen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.rights.embargoreason[Suicides_Dec2015_JEEA_style.pdf] Publisher requires embargo of 24 months after formal publication.en_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/jeea/jvw008en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleJournal of European Economic Associationen_UK
dc.citation.issn1542-4774en_UK
dc.citation.issn1542-4766en_UK
dc.citation.volume15en_UK
dc.citation.issue2en_UK
dc.citation.spage388en_UK
dc.citation.epage428en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.author.emailtheodoros.diasakos@stir.ac.uken_UK
dc.citation.date08/04/2017en_UK
dc.description.notesJEL Classification: I1, D1, K4en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Essexen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEconomicsen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Essexen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000399673600004en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-85044573745en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid559507en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0001-7364-1472en_UK
dc.date.accepted2016-04-15en_UK
dc.description.refREF Compliant by Deposit in Stirling's Repositoryen_UK
dc.date.filedepositdate2016-07-05en_UK
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