Commitment Devices in Long-Term Relationships

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Director: Anna Aizer
Collaborator: Pedro Dal Bó
Research Theme: Persistent Disparities in Health and Human Capital
Funding: NICHD

In this project, Aizer and Dal Bó find that policies that compel prosecution even if the victim later wishes to drop charges result in an increase in reporting and a decrease in the number of men murdered by intimates. These surprising results are shown to be implications of a model in which victims have time-inconsistent preferences.