Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63079
Authors: 
Ognedal, Tone
Year of Publication: 
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

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