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Getting Tough on Crime: Will it Win the War?


  • Jenny Williams

    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)


We begin by putting the size of Australia's crime problem in an international perspective thorugh comparisons with England and the U.S. Having established the magnitude of crime in Australia, section 3, rovides a framework useful for understanding the 'tough on crime' policy approach. Section four discusses the NSW (New South Wales) experience. We use multivariate regression analysis in section 5 to examine the NSW experience in the light of the framework outlined in section 3. Using the regression results, section 6 offers an insight into why the rate of crime has continued to grow in spite of a harsher sentencing regime.

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  • Jenny Williams, 1999. "Getting Tough on Crime: Will it Win the War?," School of Economics Working Papers 1999-05, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:1999-05

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    crimes; public policy;

    JEL classification:

    • K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General


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