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Criminal Dilemmas

Understanding and Preventing Crime

Series: Studies in Economic Theory, Vol. 12

Sieberg, Katri K.

2nd ed. 2005, XXII, 200 p.

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Fighting crime breeds emotional responses which often lead to counter-productive government policy. To allow a rational analysis of these important concerns, this book employs the thinking of economics, political science, and game theory to develop new perspectives on crime and its causes. A basic assumption is that the criminal is a rational actor who makes decisions based on his or her personal expected gains and costs. By using this assumption, predictions about behaviour as well as emotional concerns such as prostitution and gun control are given a theoretical perspective. By understanding the strategic variables which cause, for example, gang wars and drug sales, we are better equipped to design effective public policy.

In the new edition, a chapter on police corruption has been added. The Gangs chapter has been updated and focuses more on evaluating competing hypotheses about gang organization and activity.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Crime - Deterrence - Game Theory - Prevention - Rational Choice - Spieltheorie - gang - rationale Entscheidungen

Related subjects » Criminal Law and Criminology - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Economic Theory

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