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Predicting and preventing violent crime before it happens

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All of us want to feel safe in our daily lives. Yet when we think about crime, our first response is often a blanket approach: find the bad guys, and punish them. But what if there were another way? This week on the show, researchers Sara Heller and Chris Blattman explore how technology and psychology can be used to radically transform our approach to crime. Additional Resources “Social Networks and the Risk of Gunshot Injury,” by Andrew Papachristos, Anthony Braga, David Hureau in the Journal of Urban Health, June 2012 “Machine Learning Can Predict Shooting Victimization Well Enough to Help Prevent It,” by Sara B. Heller, Benjamin Jakubowski, Zubin Jelveh & Max Kapustin, National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2022 “Thinking Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and

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All of us want to feel safe in our daily lives. Yet when we think about crime, our first response is often a blanket approach: find the bad guys, and punish them. But what if there were another way? This week on the show, researchers Sara Heller and Chris Blattman explore how technology and psychology can be used to radically transform our approach to crime.

Additional Resources

Social Networks and the Risk of Gunshot Injury,” by Andrew Papachristos, Anthony Braga, David Hureau in the Journal of Urban Health, June 2012

Machine Learning Can Predict Shooting Victimization Well Enough to Help Prevent It,” by Sara B. Heller, Benjamin Jakubowski, Zubin Jelveh & Max Kapustin, National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2022

Thinking Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago,” by Sarah B. Heller, Anuj K. Shah, Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Harold A. Pollack in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 2017

Summer jobs reduce violence among disadvantaged youth,” Sarah B. Heller in Science, December 2014

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Chris Blattman
Political economist studying conflict, crime, and poverty, and @UChicago Professor @HarrisPolicy and @PearsonInst. I blog at http://chrisblattman.com

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