The Effect of Marriage on Crime
A review of the article "Does Marriage Reduce Crime? A Counter-Factual Approach to Within-Individual Causal Effects," by Robert J. Sampson, John H. Laub and Christopher Wimer.
# 115802 | 850 words | 1 source | APA | 2009 |
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The paper examines the article "Does Marriage Reduce Crime? A Counter-Factual Approach to Within-Individual Causal Effects," where the authors attempt to determine if marriage has any positive effect on crime rates. The paper outlines the methodology used and looks at the authors' discussion on what it is about marriage that fosters desistance from crime.
From the Paper:"As to the methodology used to determine the existence of a link between marriage and crime, Sampson, Laub and Wimer depended almost exclusively on studying 500 men "who entered the transition to adulthood at high risk for continued involvement in crime" and who after the age of 30 or so became married. The authors then used three sets of additional data, being a 35-year long follow-up study to age 70 of the above 500 men, in-depth interviews with a "targeted subsample of 52" of the original 500 who "varied in patterns of criminality in adulthood" and a life history calendar to "assess yearly changes in key life events" like crime, incarceration and of course marriage (2006, 466). What the authors discovered as a result of all this research is quite amazing and clearly demonstrates a link between marriage and crime."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Sampson, Robert J., Laub, John H. and Christopher Wimer. (2006). "Does Marriage Reduce Crime? A Counter-Factual Approach to Within-Individual Causal Effects." Criminology. Vol. 44 no. 3: 465-508.
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