ProjectThe Long Run Effects of a Program Aimed At Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia Study IDsspp-2021-0020-v1 Study Title
The Long Run Effects of a Program Aimed At Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia AuthorsChristopher Blattman, Sebastian Chaskel, Julian Jamison, Margaret Sheridan Completion Time10 Minutes Close DateJuly 18, 2021 DisciplineEconomics, Psychology, Political Science FieldApplied Econometrics, Development Economics, Econometrics, Health Economics, Experimental Economics, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Economics CountryLiberia Abstract In 2009-2012, Blattman, Jamison, and Sheridan, worked with the Liberian NGO Network for Empowerment & Progressive Initiative (NEPI) and the research non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) to study the impact of a short, inexpensive, intensive therapy program informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on young men’s violent and criminal behavior. Cash alone and therapy alone initially reduced crime and violence, but effects dissipated over time. When cash followed therapy, crime and violence decreased dramatically for at least a year (Blattman et al., 2017). Based on these promising findings, as well as those of a similar program in Chicago (Heller et al., 2016), CBT interventions have been replicated around the globe in efforts to reduce violence and criminal behavior. There is no long term evidence on these programs, however. This study is a ten-year follow-up in order to track long-term effects of the CBT and the cash interventions in Liberia.
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Blattman, Christopher, Chaskel, Sebastian, Jamison, Julian, and Margaret Sheridan. 2021. "The Long Run Effects of a Program Aimed At Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia." Social Science Prediction Platform. May 19. https://socialscienceprediction.org/s/4e4000