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The Reputational Penalty Firms Bear from Committing Criminal Fraud
OPTIMAL penalties for corporate fraud require that firms face expected penalties equal to the total social costs of the crime. Yet formal courtimposed sanctions for committing fraud often represent aExpand
Many critics believe that since high income criminals can afford to purchase better legal services they are less severely punished than poor criminals who commit equivalent crimes. Others areExpand
Does a Helping Hand Put Others at Risk?: Affirmative Action, Police Departments, and Crime
Will increasing the number of minority and women police officers make law enforcement more effective by drawing on abilities that have gone untapped and creating better contact with communities andExpand
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws
  • J. Lott
  • Political Science
  • 1 June 1998
On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott, Jr.'s "More Guns, Less Crime" drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoingExpand
Environmental Violations, Legal Penalties, and Reputation Costs
This paper examines the sizes and determinants of fines, damage awards, remediation costs, and market value losses imposed on companies that violate environmental laws. We find that legal penaltiesExpand
Term limits and electoral competitiveness: Evidence from California’s state legislative races
California's legislative term limits have dramatically reduced campaign expenditures. Real expenditures during the three general elections after the term limits initiative passed in 1990 were lowerExpand
State teacher union strength and student achievement
A new and very small literature has provided evidence that students have lower test scores in larger school districts and in districts in which the district's teachers union has negotiated a contractExpand
Abortion and Crime: Unwanted Children and Out-of-Wedlock Births
"Legalizing abortion can either increase or decrease investments in children's human capital. This article finds that abortion increases the number of out-of-wedlock births. Using data that moreExpand
The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control is Wrong
John Lott shows how liberals bury pro-gun facts out of sheer bias against the truth. With irrefutable evidence, Lott shoots gun critics down and provides the information needed to win arguments withExpand