Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25807
Authors: 
Dur, Robert
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 1762
Abstract: 
This paper offers a new argument for why a more aggressive enforcement of minor offenses ( zero-tolerance') may yield a double dividend in that it reduces both minor offenses and more severe crime. We develop a model of criminal subcultures in which people gain social status among their peers for being tough' by committing criminal acts. As zero-tolerance keeps relatively gutless' people from committing a minor offense, the signaling value of that action increases, which makes it attractive for some people who would otherwise commit more severe crime. If social status is sufficiently important in criminal subcultures, zerotolerance reduces crime across the board.
JEL: 
K14
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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