Deterrence and Public Policy : Trade-Offs in the Allocation of Police Resources

  title={Deterrence and Public Policy : Trade-Offs in the Allocation of Police Resources},
  author={Vicki Bruce and L.. and Benson and D{\'a}vid and W... and Thomas Povlsen Rasmussen},
A large econometric literature has tested the implications of Becker’s (1968) pathbreaking article on the economics of crime. This literature typically focuses on a supply of crime-specific offenses, hypothesizing that the crime rate is related to the probability and severity of punishment for the crime, the expected benefits from the criminal activity, returns from alternative legal activities, and other socioeconomic factors. Many studies conclude that criminal behavior can be deterred by… CONTINUE READING


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