Crime: Economic Incentives and Social Networks
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A unique title that applies the latest economic thinking to the problem of crime
Despite these advances in understanding, traditional models have a poor record of predicting the influence of economic factors and other incentives on crime. Paul Ormerod shows how crime rates have varied across time and place in a way that economic variables and incentives alone cannot explain. In a lucid style, accessible to the non-economist and economist alike, the author shows how new developments in economics can be applied to the analysis of criminal behaviour and used to draw policy conclusions. These new models take into account and illustrate how individuals interact with each other in social networks. As a result, they lead the author to more realistic conclusions and more informed policy recommendations.
2005, ISBN 978 0 255 36554 3, 144pp, PB
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