Behavioral Economics of Crime Rates and Punishment Levels - 10.1628/093245616X14631368691817 - Mohr Siebeck
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Saori Chiba, Kaiwen Leong

Behavioral Economics of Crime Rates and Punishment Levels

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Empirical studies have shown, paradoxically, that increasing the probability of apprehension can correlate with an increase in the total number of criminal actions. To examine this phenomenon, we develop a dynamic model of »personal rules« in which forgetfulness and hyperbolic discounting together can cause a potential criminal to commit more crimes as the probability of apprehension increases. At the time of the future decision, he may commit a crime due to hyperbolic discounting, even if it is not profitable. Hence, he may choose not to commit a crime today as a commitment device to abstain from crime in the future. However, increased prosecution can limit the effectiveness of the commitment device.
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