Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Katri K. Sieberg
    Pages 1-33
  3. Katri K. Sieberg
    Pages 35-45
  4. Katri K. Sieberg
    Pages 47-72
  5. Katri K. Sieberg
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  7. Katri K. Sieberg
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  8. Katri K. Sieberg
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 179-180

About this book


Crime is frightening. It breeds emotional responses which can lead to counterproductive governmental policy. To allow a rational analysis of these important concerns, Criminal Dilemmas applies intuition from economics, political science, and game theory as a way to develop new perspectives about 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 behavior, as well as emotional concerns such as prostitution and gun control, find a theoretical perspective. By understanding the strategic variables which cause, for example, gangs and their warfare, drug sales and the accompanying violence, we have a better chance to design effective public policy.


Abschreckung Crime Deterrence Policy Political Science Prevention Prävention Spieltheorie Verbrechen economics game theory rational choice rationale Entscheidungen statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Katri K. Sieberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsThe College of William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-04545-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04543-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-8849
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