Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 409–439

Explaining Regulatory Non-compliance: A Survey Study of Rule Transgression for Two Dutch Instrumental Laws, Applying the Randomized Response Method

  • Henk Elffers
  • Peter van der Heijden
  • Merlijn Hezemans

DOI: 10.1023/B:JOQC.0000005442.96987.9e

Cite this article as:
Elffers, H., van der Heijden, P. & Hezemans, M. Journal of Quantitative Criminology (2003) 19: 409. doi:10.1023/B:JOQC.0000005442.96987.9e


Within a rational choice framework, secondary data analysis of a survey study on compliance with two Dutch regulatory laws is carried out. Selection of explanatory variables to be considered is guided by a heuristic device, called the “Table-of-Eleven.” Using adapted logistic regression analysis, we show that self-reported compliance, measured by means of a randomized response procedure, can be explained in terms of benefits of non-compliance, social norms and deterrence, while knowledge and general norm-conformity have no role to play. The impact of various contributing factors turns out to be rather different in size for the two laws.

regulatory non-compliance randomized response table-of-eleven rational choice 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk Elffers
    • 1
  • Peter van der Heijden
    • 2
  • Merlijn Hezemans
    • 3
  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, NSCRLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Methodology and Statistics, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.De Nederlandsche Bank, DNBAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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