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When stealing, go for millions? Quantitative analysis of white-collar crime sentencing in Poland

Kazimierz Czarnocki, Dawid Janulek and Łukasz Olejnik

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The aim of this article is to analyse the length of custodial sentences for white-collar crimes in the context of Polish criminal policy. The analyses, based on the new and original data set obtained from case files, showed the non-linear dependency between the custodial sentence and the damage caused by a given fraud. From the perspective of the criminal law and economics, such a non-linearity may generate incentives for committing frauds on a bigger scale, because as the scale increases the relative severity of punishment decreases. Moreover, the gender bias in sentencing for the white-collar crimes in Poland was proven and in such cases women not only did receive lower custodial sentences, but also those ruled by female judges were lower.

Keywords: court decisions; white-collar crime; bias in sentencing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-02-23
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