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NCJ Number: 121800 Find in a Library
Title: Economic Model of Social Sensitivity: The Case of Individual Criminal Behavior
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1989)  Pages:353-372
Author(s): A J Buck; S Hakim; E Sagi; J Weinblatt
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Economists have modeled criminal behavior as a problem in time allocation under uncertainty with Friedman-Savage utility models based on the binomial probability distribution and tested using aggregate data on crime rates.
Abstract: A shortcoming of these models is that they neglect the nonpecuniary aspects of crime. The empirical model uses an underlying geometric probability process and explicitly accounts for the moral social compromise involved in becoming a criminal. The quantification of the criminal's moral and social sensitivity is done using data based on a consolidated file of police records and a cohort survey of criminals and noncriminals. It is found, on the basis of this unique data set, that the included individual criminals are risk averse and that gang membership reduces social sensitivity. Figures, tables, 22 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Psychological influences on crime
Index Term(s): Deterrence; Informal social control; Peer influences on behavior; Risk taking behavior
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