Surrey Business School

Youth crime and public policy interventions

Date • Time

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, July 7, 2017 - 20:00


University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom


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Surrey Business School conference funded by the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN)

Levels of youth crime are increasing rapidly in most cities around the world. There are high risks that many young offenders may often become habitual criminals. Tackling youth crime is therefore an urgent priority for most governments. Early interventions is likely to play an important role in keeping minors from embarking on a life of crime. Swift and consistent punishment for offences can help reduce the incidence of crime. The criminal justice system is however expensive and re-offending rates following conviction are invariably high. Consequently, policy makers have begun to think in recent years about ways of preventing crime before a person becomes involved in the criminal justice system. The conference aims to bring together academics, non-governmental organisations and policy makers together to analyse the relative effectiveness of possible public policy interventions to tackle youth crime.

Keynote speakers

Stephen Machin, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Stephen Machin is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of education, labour and crime. He is currently the Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, where from 2003 he was previously Research Director. He has served as an Independent Member of the Low Pay Commission and a Special Advisor to the Select Committee on Academies and Free Schools.

Olivier Marie, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Oliver Marie is Associate Professor of Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) in Rotterdam and a promising young scholar. His main research interests include: labour economics, economics of crime, economics of education, micro-econometrics, public economics, policy evaluation. He is a Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University, a Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute (TI), Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics, a Research Fellow at IZA in Bonn and at the Graduate School of Business and Economics(GSBE) Maastricht University, and a Research Network Affiliate of the CESifo Group in Munich.  

Laura Chioda, World Bank

Laura Chioda is a Senior Economist in the The Chief Economist Office of the Latin America and Caribbean Region and in the Office of the Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions at the World Bank. She is the author of the Regional Study on crime and violence prevention in Latin America and Caribbean titled “Stop the Violence in Latin America: A Look at Prevention from Cradle to Adulthood,” She has also co-authored the World Bank report “Making Brazilians Safer: Analyzing the Dynamics of Violent Crime.” Her research includes published and ongoing work on the impacts of conditional cash transfers on crime and violence in Brazil, and on the human and economic costs of violence induced by Mexico’s “kingpin” strategy. As a member of the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation Initiative (DIME), Laura co-leads DIME’s Program on Fragility, Conflict, and Crime and Violence.

Call for papers

We encourage submissions assessing the impact of various policy interventions to reduce the incidence of youth crime. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Schooling and skill formation
  • Social interactions and networks
  • Guns (and related policies) and crime
  • Technology and cyber crime
  • Economic crises, poverty, inequality and crime
  • Globalisation and crime – trafficking humans and illegal drugs

We invite researchers to submit a paper (in PDF) by sending an e-mail to Professor Sarmistha Pal ( The submission deadline is 9 April, 2017.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 15 April 2017. We will provide accommodation and reimburse economy travel costs for paper presenters.

Submission is now closed.

Conference organisers

Sarmistha Pal (Surrey); Email:;

Maria Bamidi; Email:


We will provide accommodation to presenters. There are also  limited travel funds to assist travel expenses of paper presenters.

Visiting the University

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