Why Comply: One-Sided Enforcement of Price Controls and Victimless Crime Laws

@article{Lott1989WhyCO,
  title={Why Comply: One-Sided Enforcement of Price Controls and Victimless Crime Laws},
  author={John R. Lott and Russell D. Roberts},
  journal={The Journal of Legal Studies},
  year={1989},
  volume={18},
  pages={403 - 414}
}
THERE are two ways to enforce price controls. The first method uses undercover agents to observe violations or to offer to enter into transactions at illegal prices. The second method relies on buyers to provide a public board, staffed by government officials, with the information necessary to detect and punish violations of the law. We show that this second method is effective when one side of the transaction is defined as the "victim" and the other as the "guilty party." The guilty party is… 
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