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NCJ Number: 41590 Find in a Library
Title: ECONOMICS OF CRIME
Author(s): R W ANDERSON
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 71
Sponsoring Agency: Macmillan Press Ltd
London, England
Sale Source: Macmillan Press Ltd
Little Essex Street
London,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THIS BOOK PRESENTS AN ATTEMPT TO GATHER AND ANALYZE THE LITERATURE WHICH TREATS CRIME CONTROL AS A TOPIC IN APPLIED WELFARE ECOMONICS AND TO EXTEND THE ANALYSIS TO A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS NOT COVERED IN THE LITERATURE.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR FIRST EXAMINES THE SUPPLY OF OFFENSES AND OFFENDERS' REACTIONS TO CONTROL AND NON-CONTROL VARIABLES. NOTING THAT THE LEVEL OF OFFENSES RESPONDS TO CHANGES IN SOCIETY'S CONTROL VARIABLES, THE AUTHOR THEN EXAMINES THE PROBLEM OF MINIMIZING THE SOCIAL LOSS FROM OFFENSES - IN OTHER WORDS, HE ATTEMPTS TO DETERMINE THE SOCIALLY OPTIMAL LEVEL OF OFFENSES. FINALLY, THE AUTHOR PRESENTS A METHOD OF DETERMINING THE OPTIMUM LEVELS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM RESPONSE, AND STRESSES THAT THE SEPARATE PARTS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM MUST RECOGNIZE THAT FOR EACH PART, THE MAXIMAND IS SYSTEM BENEFITS LESS SYSTEM COSTS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED) ...DMC
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Crime Causes; Crime costs; Deterrence; Economic analysis; Mathematical modeling
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