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Title:Should the standard of evidence be lowered to reduce crime? PDF Logo
Authors:Ognedal, Tone
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2001,32
Abstract:As crime becomes increasingly widespread it may be optimal not to lower but to increase the standard of evidence. Even though a higher standard of evidence results in a lower expected penalty for all levels of crime, it increases the expected penalty for high levels of crime relative to the expected penalty for lower levels of crime. Consequently, a high standard of evidence is more effective in deterring high levels of crime. As the proportion of agents with a low opportunity cost of committing crime increases, the standard of evidence should be increased.
Subjects:standard of evidence
crime
economic crime
JEL:G34
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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