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Larceny

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A dynamic general equilibrium model of larceny – or property crime – is presented in which both economic conditions and government policies affect the commission calculus. The model provides a behavioral framework that is used to estimate the effects of government policies on the commission of larceny. Calibrating the model using data from cities in Los Angeles County, the impact of a number of government policies and of economic development on larceny are quantified. The simulations show that longer prison sentences and higher conviction rates for criminals are the most effective methods to reduce larceny; subsidizing leisure activities, increasing police expenditures and income transfers have little effect on larceny. Using a game-theoretic optimality criterion, all the policies examined are currently overfunded. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

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  • Paul J. Zak, 2000. "Larceny," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 1(2), pages 157-179, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ecogov:v:1:y:2000:i:2:p:157-179
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    Key words:Larceny; Crime; Government Policy.; JEL classification:K42; E62; D31;
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    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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