Predicting and preventing shootings among at-risk youth

Dana Chandler, Steven D Levitt, John A. List

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Each year, more than 250 students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are shot. The authors of this paper worked with the leadership of CPS to build a predictive model of shootings that helped determine which students would be included in a highly targeted and resource intensive mentorship program. This paper describes our predictive model and offers a preliminary evaluation of the mentoring intervention performed by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP). We find little evidence that the intervention reduces school misconducts or improves educational outcomes. The scale of intervention was too small to generate meaningful findings on shootings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-292
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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