Event SNS March 7, 2024

Jens Ludwig – Can Behavioral Science Reduce Crime?

In this seminar, Faculty Director Jens Ludwig presented his SNS report titled “Using Behavioral Science to Reduce Crime and School Dropout” and participated in a panel discussion as part of the Institute for International Economic Studies/SNS International Policy talks.

Early interventions are important to prevent the onset of criminal behavior. But how much is it possible to affect the choices an individual makes in life? What is the impact of behavioral programs that focus on young people’s decision making?

Read the research brief

Speakers included:

  • Gunilla Dobrin, founder and method developer, rePULSE
  • Jenny Kärrholm, director of research and development, The Swedish National Board of Institutional Care (SiS)
  • Jens Ludwig, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, director of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, faculty co-director of the Education Lab, and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working group on the economics of crime
  • Ulrika Liljeberg (C), member of the parliamentary Committee on Justice and legal policy spokesperson for the Centre Party


The seminar was chaired by Mitchell Downey, assistant professor at the IIES.