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Differentiating between First Offenses and Repeat Offenses


Bryan C. McCannon


Saint Bonaventure University

July 9, 2007


Abstract:     
I present a model where a regulator monitors compliance with a policy by a population of individuals, some of whom repeatedly prefer to violate the policy while others occasionally want to experiment. I show that the regulator can use sanctions, contingent on past violations of the policy, to differentiate between the agents and improve welfare. As a result, a regulator prefers investing in enforcement rather than use maximal sanctions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: experimentation, overdeterrence, regulation, repeat offenses, underdeterrence

JEL Classification: K4, D6

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Date posted: December 6, 2005  

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McCannon, Bryan C., Differentiating between First Offenses and Repeat Offenses (July 9, 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=865084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.865084

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Bryan C. McCannon (Contact Author)
Saint Bonaventure University ( email )
PO Box 42
Saint Bonaventure, NY 14778
United States
716-375-2145 (Phone)
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