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Criminals and Victims$
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W. David Allen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762526

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762526.001.0001

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Who Are Criminals? A Review

Who Are Criminals? A Review

(p.3) Chapter 1 Who Are Criminals? A Review
Criminals and Victims
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Crime economic research seeks to understand why crime occurs and what mechanism can reduce its incidence or its consequences. This chapter gives a focused review of economic literature relating to criminal behavior. It provides a background on crime economic research and the theoretical and empirical advances that have been made in this discipline. It describes the economic model of crime and its theoretical variants. Gary S. Becker's economic model of crime, for example, offers insights about criminal behavior and the factors that influence criminal activities. The chapter also examines how economists have approached the empirical testing of specific hypotheses implied by the economic model of crime and its variants and summarizes what researchers have found after nearly forty years of studies.

Keywords:   crime, crime economic research, criminal behavior, Gary S. Becker, criminal activities, economic model of crime

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