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Seminar «Prison Work and Convict Rehabilitation»

IZA-HSE University International Labor Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 16:00 (MSK).

Speaker: Giulio Zanella (University of Bologna and IZA).

Title: Prison Work and Convict Rehabilitation.

I study the causal pathways that link prison work programs to convict rehabilitation, leveraging administrative data from Italy and combining quasi-experimental and structural econometric methods to achieve both a credible identification and the isolation of mechanisms. Due to competing channels, I find that work in unskilled prison jobs impacts convicts on longer or shorter terms differently. Increasing work time by 16 hours per month reduces by between 3 and 10 percentage points the reincarceration rate, within three years of release, of convicts on terms longer than six months – because prison work counteracts the rapid depreciation of earning ability experienced by these convicts. For those on shorter terms, the analogous increase leads instead to a re-incarceration rate that is up to 9 percentage points higher, because of a liquidity effect that weakens deterrence.

Working paper

Working language is English.

Seminar will be online via Zoom
The link to join Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98444623192
Meeting ID: 984 4462 3192
Password: 207702


If you have questions please contact Liliya Gubaidullina ( lgubajdullina@hse.ru ).

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