Criminal Dilemmas

Understanding and Preventing Crime

  • Katri K. Sieberg

Part of the Studies in Economic Theory book series (ECON.THEORY, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Pages 35-47
  3. Pages 49-74
  4. Pages 75-107
  5. Pages 109-129
  6. Pages 131-169
  7. Pages 171-180
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-199

About this book


Fighting crime breeds emotional responses which often lead to counter-productive government policy. To allow a rational analysis of these important concerns, this book employs the thinking of economics, political science, and game theory to develop new perspectives on crime and its causes. A basic assumption is that the criminal is a rational actor who makes decisions based on his or her personal expected gains and costs. By using this assumption, predictions about behaviour as well as emotional concerns such as prostitution and gun control are given a theoretical perspective. By understanding the strategic variables which cause, for example, gang wars and drug sales, we are better equipped to design effective public policy.

In the new edition, a chapter on police corruption has been added. The Gangs chapter has been updated and focuses more on evaluating competing hypotheses about gang organization and activity.


Crime Deterrence Game Theory Prevention Rational Choice Spieltheorie gang rationale Entscheidungen

Authors and affiliations

  • Katri K. Sieberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceBinghamton UniversityBinghamtonUSA

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