On the optimality of nonmaximal fines in the presence of corruptible law enforcers
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- Celik, G. & Sayan, S. Rev Econ Design (2008) 12: 209. doi:10.1007/s10058-008-0050-y
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In this paper, we develop a model of law enforcement with the possibility of corruption between enforcers and potential offenders. We study how the violation rate changes with the level of the fine imposed on violations. We find, in contrast to the conventional wisdom, that the fine level that minimizes violations can be intermediate rather than large. We then study conditions under which different fine levels would be optimal.