An Economic Analysis of Effective Compliance Programs
Forthcoming in Jennifer Arlen, ed., Research Handbook on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing (Edward Elgar 2015)
22 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2014 Last revised: 28 May 2015
Date Written: December 3, 2014
Tests for “effective” compliance programs take the form of lists specifying required elements in varying level of detail. From an economic perspective, an effective compliance program can be defined more fundamentally as the set of policies and procedures that a rational, profit-maximizing firm would establish if it faced an expected sanction equal to the social costs of violations. This paper explores the idea and several of its extensions and qualifications.
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