Behavioral economic analysis of crime: a critical review

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Behavioral economic analysis of law is about bringing recent research about behavior and choice together with classical law and economics. In this essay we assess its relevance for the theory of optimal law enforcement. It is our view that criminal law is an area where behavioral analysis has a role to play. Notwithstanding the results so far provided by the behavioral approach are somehow disappointing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal Of Law And Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Behavioral theory
  • Law enforcement


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