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Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago

By Harold A. Pollack, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jens Ludwig, Jonathan Guryan, Anuj K. Shah, Sara B. Heller & Campaign Zero

Study: We study a program called Becoming a Man (BAM), developed by the nonprofit Youth Guidance, in two RCTs implemented in 2009–2010 and 2013–2015. In the two studies participation in the program reduced total arrests during the intervention period by 28–35%, reduced violent-crime arrests by 45–50%, improved school engagement, and in the first study where we have follow-up data, increased graduation rates by 12–19%.

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