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Crime, Ethics and Occupational Choice: Endogenous Sorting in a Closed Model

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dc.contributor.author Conley, John P.
dc.contributor.author Wang, Ping
dc.date.accessioned 2004-04-01T16:11:34Z
dc.date.available 2004-04-01T16:11:34Z
dc.date.issued 2004-01-20
dc.identifier.citation Conley, John P. and Ping Wang. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/7
dc.description.abstract We consider a simple model in which agents are endowed with heterogeneous abilities and differing degrees of honesty. Agents choose either to become criminals or invest in education and become workers instead. The model is closed in that all criminal proceeds are stolen from agents working in the formal sector and that expenditures on both deterrence and punishment of criminals are paid for through taxes levied on workers. Thus, although we assume that there no direct interactive effects among criminals, criminals crowd each other in two ways: positively in that enforcement and punishment resources become more widely diffused as more agents commit crimes, and negatively in that the presence of more criminals implies that there is less loot to be divided over a larger number of thieves. We establish the possibility of multiple equilibria and characterize the equilibrium properties. We then evaluate the effectiveness of deterrence policies under a balanced government budget. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University. Dept. of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper
dc.subject Educational choice en
dc.subject I2 en
dc.subject Punishment en
dc.subject Criminal behavior en
dc.subject J2 en
dc.subject J62 en
dc.subject K42 en
dc.title Crime, Ethics and Occupational Choice: Endogenous Sorting in a Closed Model en
dc.type Working Paper en


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