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Certainty and Severity of Sanctions in Classical and Behavioral Models of Deterrence: A Survey

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  • Entorf, Horst

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This survey summarizes the classical fundamentals of modern deterrence theory, covers major theoretical and empirical findings on the impact of certainty and severity of punishment (and the interplay thereof) as well as underlying methodological problems, gives an overview of limitations and extensions motivated by recent findings of behavioral economics and discusses 'rational' deterrence strategies in subcultural societies.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6516.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Publication status: published in: Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (eds), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer, 2014
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Keywords: behavioral economics; economics of crime; deterrence; survey;

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