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The Economic Analysis of Criminal Law


  • Joanna Shepherd
  • Paul H. Rubin


This chapter summarizes the literature on the economic analysis of criminal law. First, it discusses the positive theory of criminal behavior and reviews the empirical evidence in support of the theory. Then, it discusses the normative theory of how public law enforcement should be designed to minimize the social costs of crime.

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  • Joanna Shepherd & Paul H. Rubin, 2013. "The Economic Analysis of Criminal Law," Emory Economics 1304, Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta).
  • Handle: RePEc:emo:wp2003:1304

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