Optimal Sanctions When Individuals are Imperfectly Informed About the Probability of Apprehension
AbstractThis paper considers optimal enforcement when individuals may be imperfectly informed about the probability of apprehension. When individuals are perfectly informed, optimal sanctions are maximal because, as Gary Becker (1968) suggested, society can economize on enforcement resources by reducing the probability of apprehension while increasing sanctions. But when individuals imperfectly observe the probability of apprehension, it may be optimal to apply lower sanctions while expending more enforcement resources.
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Date of creation: May 1992
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Publication status: published as The Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. XXI, No. 2, pp. 365-370 (June 1992).
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- Bebchuk, Lucian Arye & Kaplow, Louis, 1992. "Optimal Sanctions When Individuals Are Imperfectly Informed about the Probability of Apprehension," The Journal of Legal Studies, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 21(2), pages 365-70, June.
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