Economics of Criminal Law

Economics of Criminal Law

by Steven D. Levitt

ISBN-10: 1845427831

ISBN-13: 9781845427832

Pub. Date: 05/30/2008

Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

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Economic Approaches to Law Series

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Introduction Steven D. Levitt Levitt, Steven D. Thomas J. Miles Miles, Thomas J.

Pt. I Economic Approach to Crime and Criminal Law

1 Gary S. Becker (1968), 'Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach', Journal of Political Economy, 76 (2), March-April, 169-217 3

2 George J. Stigler (1970), 'The Optimum Enforcement of Laws', Journal of Political Economy, 78 (3), May-June, 526-36 52

3 A. Mitchell Polinsky and Steven Shavell (1979), 'The Optimal Tradeoff between the Probability and Magnitude of Fines', American Economic Review, 69 (5), December, 880-91 63

4 Dan M. Kahan (1996), 'What Do Alternative Sanctions Mean?', University of Chicago Law Review, 63, 591- 653 75

5 Richard A. Posner (1985), 'An Economic Theory of the Criminal Law', Columbia Law Review, 85 (6), October, 1 193-231 138

6 Steven Shavell (1985), 'Criminal Law and the Optimal Use of Nonmonetary Sanctions as a Deterrent', Columbia Law Review, 85 (6), 1232-62 177

7 William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner (1975), 'The Private Enforcement of Law', Journal of Legal Studies, 4 (1), January, 1-46 208

8 Frank H. Easterbrook (1983), 'Criminal Procedure as a Market System', Journal of Legal Studies, XII (2), June, 289-332 254

Pt. II Empirical Evaluation of the Economic Approach

9 Franklin M. Fisher and Daniel Nagin (1978), 'On the Feasibility of Identifying the Crime Function in a Simultaneous Model of Crime Rates and Sanction Levels', in Alfred Blumstein, Jacqueline Cohen and Daniel Nagin (eds), Deterrence and Incapacitation: Estimating the Effects of Criminal Sanctions on Crime Rates, Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences, 361-99 301

10 Steven D. Levitt (1996), 'The Effect of Prison PopulationSize on Crime Rates: Evidence from Prison Overcrowding Litigation', Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXI (2), May, 319-51 340

11 Daniel Kessler and Steven D. Levitt (1999), 'Using Sentence Enhancements to Distinguish Between Deterrence and Incapacitation', Journal of Law and Economics, XLII (1, Part 2), April, 343-63 373

12 Edward L. Glaeser, Bruce Sacerdote and Jose A. Scheinkman (1996), 'Crime and Social Interactions', Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXI (2), May, 507-48 394

Pt. III Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

A Gun Control

13 Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig (2003), 'The Effects of the Brady Act on Gun Violence', in Bernard E. Harcourt (ed.), Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America, Chapter 12, New York and London: New York University Press, 283-98 441

14 Ian Ayres and John J. Donohue III (1999), 'Nondiscretionary Concealed Weapons Laws: A Case Study of Statistics, Standards of Proof, and Public Policy', American Law Gild Economics Review, 1 (1 and 2), Fall, 436-70 457

B Capital Punishment

15 John J. Donohue and Justin Wolfers (2005), 'Uses and Abuses of Empirical Evidence in the Death Penalty Debate', Stanford Law Review, 58, December, 791-845 495

C Drug Prohibition

16 Jeffrey A. Miron and Jeffrey Zwiebel (1995), 'The Economic Case Against Drug Prohibition', Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9 (4), Fall, 175-92 553

17 Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy and Michael Grossman (2006), 'The Market for Illegal Goods: The Case of Drugs', Journal of Political Economy, 114 (1), February, 38-60 571

D Sentencing Policy

18 James M. Anderson, Jeffrey R. Kling and Kate Stith (1999), 'Measuring Interjudge Sentencing Disparity: Before and After the Federal Sentencing Guidelines', Journal of Law and Economics, XLII (1, Part 2), April, 271-307 597

E Legalized Abortion and Crime

19 John J. Donohue III and Steven D. Levitt (2001), 'The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime', Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXVI (2), May, 379-420 637

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