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Marginal Deterrence When Offenders Act Sequentially

  • Tim Friehe

    (University of Bonn)

  • Thomas J. Miceli

    (University of Connecticut)

Marginal deterrence concerns the incentives created by criminal penalties for o enders to refrain from committing more harmful acts. We show that when offenders act sequentially, it is often optimal for the level of the sanction, not just the expected sanction, to rise with the severity of the act, even when enforcement is specific.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2014-09.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: May 2014
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2014-09
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