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NCJ Number: 73538 Find in a Library
Title: Economics of Crime
Author(s): D A Hellman
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 207
Sponsoring Agency: St Martin's Press
New York, NY 10010
Sale Source: St Martin's Press
Scholarly & Reference Division
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook on the economics of crime provides both a theoretical framework for analyzing and developing public policy for dealing with crime and an analysis of crimes within that framework.
Abstract: An introductory section briefly describes and analyzes FBI Index Crimes, recent trends in the amount of crime, problems in the interpretation of data, and victimization surveys. The impact of crime both on society as a whole and on individuals and groups within society is assessed, and the ways in which various crimes can affect us are described. The text also addresses the broader question of optimum allocation of criminal justice resources, dealing with such issues as determination of the amount of crime, the mix of crime, and the allocation of police resources among neighborhoods and of resources within courts and corrections. In addition, fundamentals of cost-benefit analysis are presented, and a traditional model of economic choice is applied to further explain criminal choice. Finally, a market analysis is developed for crimes against property and persons, victimless crimes, the heroin market, and organized crime. Notes are given for each chapter, and economic figures and tabular data are included. Appendixes contain definitions of terms, material on discounting to present value and calculating the mix of crime, and a model of the heroin distribution system. A bibliography of approximately 100 citations is attached. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Community resources; Crime costs; Crime rate studies; Economic analysis; Economic influences; Economic planning; FBI Uniform Crime Reports; Organized crime; Victimless crimes
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