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Individual Decision-Making to Commit a Crime: Early Models

Roman Horvath and Eva Kolomaznikova
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Eva Kolomaznikova: Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

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Law and Economics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The authors provide the summary of the most important findings of the early models of economics of crime, namely the models of Becker, Ehrlich and Heineke. These models study rational individual decision-making about entering into illegal activities. Probability and siže of punishment, attitudes towards risk, gains form crime and income are the main variables which causes the results of the individual behavior. The authors also discuss weaknesses of these models such as its static nature or ignoring interactive decision-making. The relationship to the theory of optimal law enforcement is also presented.

Keywords: economics; of; crime; individual; decision-making (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2002-10-11
Note: Type of Document - Word PC; pages: 18
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