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Crime timing

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  • Christian At

    () (Universite de Franche Comte, CRESE)

  • Nathalie Chappe

    () (Universite de Franche Comte, CRESE)

Abstract

This note develops a dynamic model of crime that determines the conditions under which it is optimal for a criminal to delay commission of a crime rather than committing it immediately. It also examines the optimal enforcement strategy in this context. We derive two results. The first is that it might be optimal to postpone a crime that is profitable now if its benefit increase quickly enough in the future and that a crime that is not yet optimal might become so in the future. The second is that it is optimal to underdeter crime.

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  • Christian At & Nathalie Chappe, 2005. "Crime timing," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 11(2), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-05k40003
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    Cited by:

    1. Eric LANGLAIS, 2009. "Deterrence Of A Criminal Team: How To Rely On Its Members' Short Comings ?," Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Financial Management and Accounting Craiova, vol. 4(1(7)_ Spr).

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    • K4 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior

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