Violator Avoidance Activities and Self-Reporting in Optimal Law Enforcement
Posted: 8 Jan 2001
Laws often encourage violators to self-report their behavior. This paper studies self-reporting enforcement regimes when violators can engage in avoidance activities - activities which lower an offender's risk of apprehension and punishment. Avoidance activities impart two advantages to self-reporting enforcement regimes, over and above advantages identified in prior work. First, self-reporters do not engage in the costly avoidance activities that they would otherwise undertake. And second, by avoiding avoidance, self-reporting can sometimes permit the government to deter offenses with less enforcement effort.
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