New Economics Papers
on Law and Economics
Issue of 2010‒05‒08
one paper chosen by
Jeong-Joon Lee, Towson University

  1. Short Criminals: Stature and Crime in Early America By Howard Bodenhorn; Carolyn Moehling; Gregory N. Price

  1. By: Howard Bodenhorn; Carolyn Moehling; Gregory N. Price
    Abstract: This paper considers the extent to which crime in early America was conditioned on height. With data on inmates incarcerated in Pennsylvania state penitentiaries between 1826 and 1876, we estimate the parameters of Wiebull proportional hazard specifications of the individual crime hazard. Our results reveal that, consistent with a theory in which height can be a source of labor market disadvantage, criminals in early America were shorter than the average American, and individual crime hazards decreased in height.
    JEL: J24 K14 N31
    Date: 2010–04

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