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Title:Punishment : and beyond PDF Logo
Authors:Frey, Bruno S.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2706
Abstract:This paper argues that the Economics of Crime concentrates too much on punishment as a policy to fight crime, which is unwise for several reasons. There are important instances in which punishment simply cannot reduce crime. Several feasible alternatives to punishment exist, such as offering positive incentives or handing out awards for law abiding behavior. These alternative approaches tend to create a positive sum environment. When people appreciate living in a society that is to a large extent law abiding, they are more motivated to observe the law.
Subjects:crime
punishment
incentives
motivation
framing
broken window theory
JEL:K42
O31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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