Punishment – and Beyond

Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 418

23 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2009

Date Written: May 26, 2009

Abstract

This paper argues that the 'Economics of Crime' concentrates too much on punishment as a policy to fight crime, which is unwise for several reasons. There are important instances in which punishment simply cannot reduce crime. Several feasible alternatives to punishment exist, such as offering positive incentives or handing out awards for law abiding behavior. These alternative approaches tend to create a positive sum environment. When people appreciate living in a society that is to a large extent law abiding, they are more motivated to observe the law.

Keywords: crime, punishment, incentives, motivation, framing, Broken Window Theory

JEL Classification: D03, K42, O31

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S., Punishment – and Beyond (May 26, 2009). Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 418. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1427791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1427791

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

CREMA ( email )

Südstrasse 11
Zurich, CH 8008
Switzerland
+41 44 380 00 78 (Phone)

University of Basel ( email )

Peter Merian-Weg 6
Basel, 4002
Switzerland

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
86
Abstract Views
693
rank
287,193
PlumX Metrics