Studies in Economic Theory

Criminal Dilemmas

Understanding and Preventing Crime

Authors: Sieberg, Katri K.

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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.

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Alternative Sentencing

    Pages 1-33

  • Prostitution

    Pages 49-74

  • Police

    Pages 171-180

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Criminal Dilemmas
Book Subtitle
Understanding and Preventing Crime
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Economic Theory
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-27762-0
DOI
10.1007/3-540-27762-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-24009-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06311-4
Series ISSN
1431-8849
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXII, 200
Topics