Monday, August 13, 2012
Philip J. Cook , Stephen J. Machin , Olivier Marie and Giovanni Mastrobuoni (Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy , University College London - Department of Economics , Maastricht University and Collegio Carlo Alberto) have posted Lessons from the Economics of Crime ('Lessons from the Economics of Crime' in Lessons from the Economics of Crime, edited by P.J. Cook, S.J. Machin, O. Marie, and G. Mastrobuoni, MIT Press, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
What have the economists contributed to the study of criminal behavior and crime control? In what follows, to motivate and describe the contributions to this edited volume, we discuss three domains:
• A normative framework for evaluating criminal law and crime prevention, and the application of sophisticated quantitative methods to analyze the causes of crime and the effects of crime-control measures in this framework;
• The conception of criminal behavior as individual choice, influenced by perceived consequences;
• The aggregation of individual choices to a systems framework for understanding crime rates and patterns.
The papers in this volume are informed by and contribute to all of these domains.