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Marginal Deterrence, Escalating Penalties and Enforcement Inconsistency

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  • Marcello Basili

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  • Antonio Nicita

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The Law and Economics literature on public law enforcement has generally treated separately the issue of marginal deterrence from that of punishing repeated offenders though escalating penalties. We extend the model provided by Emons (2003) to show how pursuing both policies may generate an inconsistent enforcement design.

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  • Marcello Basili & Antonio Nicita, 2009. "Marginal Deterrence, Escalating Penalties and Enforcement Inconsistency," Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID) University of Siena 0409, Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID), University of Siena.
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    Marginal Deterrence; Recidivism; Escalating Penalties; Incapacitation.;

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    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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