Organised by Division of Economics, University of Stirling

Welcome to the Workshop on the Economics of Crime, Policing and Punishment! This in-person event will bring together experts in the field to share their knowledge and research on the causes and consequences of criminal behaviour, victimisation, and conviction, and how they relate to effective criminal justice policy. There will be paper presentations throughout the day on a range of issues which will be of interest to academic staff, PhD students and policymakers, especially those with a focus on crime, as well as opportunities for discussion and networking over coffee and lunch.

Keynote Address

The keynote address, entitled “Addressing Suicide and Mental Health Challenges in American Prisons and Jails: Insights and Innovations” will be given by Scott Cunningham, Ben H. Williams Professor of Economics at Baylor University. An abstract can be found below:

Abstract: Mental illness poses a significant challenge globally, with the United States facing a unique crisis due to its large corrections population and the disproportionate prevalence of mental illness among inmates. Suicide stands out as the leading single cause of death in jails, with rates more than double that of the non-incarcerated population. This keynote will explore the complexities of mental health and suicide within the U.S. correctional system, drawing from recent research conducted in Texas. The discussion will cover the effects of quasi-randomly assigned differential treatment for severe mental illness on time in jail, suicide attempts, and recidivism, the development of predictive models and dashboards to assist staff in identifying at-risk inmates, and the ongoing evaluation of a suicide prevention program in multiple American prisons. This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive overview while remaining flexible to incorporate the latest findings and developments.


Paper presentations on current research will be given throughout the day by leading researchers on the economics of crime. The draft programme for the full day is available at the following link (the final programme will be available by late June):

Draft Programme – Workshop on the Economics of Crime, Policing and Punishment