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Economics of Crime

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The Economics of Crime

Written by University of Chicago economist Gary S. Becker, this article outlines Becker's premise that people decide whether to commit a crime by a comparison of the benefits and costs.

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Becker, Gary S. and William M. Landes, eds. Essays in the Economics of Crime and Punishment. New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1974.

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