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Status Concerns as a Motive for Crime?


Florian Baumann


University of Mainz - Department of Economic Theory

Tim Friehe


University of Konstanz - Department of Economics

April 30, 2013

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4225

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This paper analyzes the implications of potential offenders caring about their relative status. We establish that subjects' status concerns can result in multiple-equilibrium crime rates and may modify the standard comparative-statics results regarding how the crime rate changes in response to a higher detection probability and higher sanctions. In addition, we argue that the socially optimal level of the detection probability and the sanction will often be higher when potential offenders care about their relative positions. Our analysis can be linked to one of the most important criminological theories of crime, namely strain theory.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: crime, status, deterrence, multiple equilibria, strain theory

JEL Classification: H230, K420

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Date posted: May 8, 2013  

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Baumann, Florian and Friehe, Tim, Status Concerns as a Motive for Crime? (April 30, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4225. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2261670

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Florian Baumann
University of Mainz - Department of Economic Theory ( email )
D 55099 Mainz
Germany
Tim Friehe (Contact Author)
University of Konstanz - Department of Economics ( email )
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany
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