Bounded rationality of identity thieves: Using offender-based research to inform policy

@inproceedings{Copes2009BoundedRO,
  title={Bounded rationality of identity thieves: Using offender-based research to inform policy},
  author={Heith Copes and Lynne M. Vieraitis},
  year={2009}
}
Research Summary Data for this study were collected in semistructured interviews with 59 individuals serving time in federal prisons for identity theft. We explore how offenders’ experiences and life circumstances affected their subjective assessments of risks and rewards and thus facilitated the decision to engage in identity theft. Our findings suggest that offenders perceive identity theft as an easy, rewarding, and relatively risk-free way to fund their chosen lifestyles. 
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