Cornell University

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

Joint Labor Economics & Public Economics Workshop - Anita Mukherjee

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Ives Hall, 115 Ives Hall
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Anita Mukherjee
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Impacts of Private Prison Contracting on Inmate Time Served and Recidivism

This paper examines the impact of private prison contracting by exploiting staggered prison capacity shocks in Mississippi between 1996 and 2004. The analysis shows that private prison inmates serve up to 90 additional days, which equals 7 percent of the average time served. The delayed release is linked to the widespread use of conduct violations in private prisons. Despite the additional days served, there is no evidence that private prison inmates recidivate less. These results are motivated by a theoretical model based on the typical private prison contract that pays a per-diem for each occupied bed.


Event Type





economics, EconPublic, EconLabor



Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Heather LaCombe

Contact Phone



Anita Mukherjee

Speaker Affiliation

Wisconsin, Madison

Open To

Cornell Economics Community (List Serve Members)

Google Calendar iCal Outlook