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Punishment – and Beyond

Bruno S. Frey

University of Zurich

June 30, 2011

Contemporary Economics, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp. 90-99, 2011

This paper argues that the “Economics of Crime” concentrates too much on punishment as a means of preventing 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: crime, punishment, incentives, motivation, framing, broken window theory

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Date posted: October 25, 2012  

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Frey, Bruno S., Punishment – and Beyond (June 30, 2011). Contemporary Economics, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp. 90-99, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2165802

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