Institute for Women's Policy Research, Dēmos, Heinirch Böll Stiftung, and the George Washington University Women's Studies Program
Immigrant women make enormous contributions to U.S. society and face a number of intense challenges that are under-recognized in discussions and debate on immigration reform. Honoring the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, this forum will bring together leading activists, policy makers, and researchers from across the country to discuss strategies for addressing women immigrants' unique concerns, including a lack of access to child care, health care and education, and disproportionate exposure to harassment and violence.
How do we decide how to allocate criminal justice resources in a way that minimizes the social harms from both crime and policy efforts to control crime? How, for that matter, do we decide how much to spend on the criminal justice system and crime control generally, versus other pressing needs? These questions are at the heart of benefit-cost analysis, and are central for public policymakers, criminal justice practitioners, criminologists, and other researchers.
Benefit-cost analyses begin with the crucial and often under-appreciated first step of successfully identifying the impact of a policy or program. Jens Ludwig and Roseanna Ander will explain the different options for identifying policy and program impacts, and discuss the challenges of attempts to monetize costs and benefits. For example, some of the most important costs and benefits of crime control efforts come from intangible aspects of well-being for which dollar values are not easily attached.
Ludwig and Ander will also discuss the importance of subjecting a portfolio of interventions to benefit-cost analyses that use standardized methodologies, which is crucial for helping policymakers and practitioners make decisions. Many of their ideas and examples will be drawn from activities at the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
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