Tempting Righteous Citizens? On the Counterintuitive Effects of Increasing Sanctions
AbstractThis paper demonstrates that increasing the expected sanctions for a crime may increase this crime's prevalence, using a principal-agent model with different crimes. The intuition is that the policy change may increase the principal's expected payoff from crime by decreasing the information rent required by the agent.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2011-09.
Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 05 May 2011
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