Making The World A Safer Place

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


Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace, by Christopher Blattman, 2022.


Machine Learning Can Predict Shooting Victimization Well Enough to Help Prevent It,” by Sara B. Heller et. al, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2022.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Reduces Crime and Violence over 10 Years: Experimental Evidence,” by Christopher Blattman et. al, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2022.

The Promise and Pitfalls of Conflict Prediction: Evidence from Colombia and Indonesia,” by Samuel Bazzi et. al, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2022.

Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago,” by Sarah B. Heller et. al, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017.

Summer Jobs Reduce Violence Among Disadvantaged Youth,” by Sarah B. Heller, Science, 2014.

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


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