The Economics of Crime: An Introduction to Rational Crime Analysis by Harold WinterThe Economics of Crime: An Introduction to Rational Crime Analysis by Harold Winter

The Economics of Crime: An Introduction to Rational Crime Analysis

byHarold WinterEditorHarold Winter

Paperback | September 11, 2008

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Since Gary Becker's seminal article in the late sixties, the economic analysis of crime has blossomed, from an interesting side field within law and economics, into a mature stand-alone sub-discipline that has been embraced by many well-respected academic economists. Wide ranging and accessible, this is the most up-to-date textbook in this area, taking current economic research and making it accessible to undergraduates and other interested readers. Without use of graphs or mathematical equations, Winter combines theory and empirical evidence with controversial examples from the news media. Topics discussed include:


  • the death penalty,
  • racial profiling,
  • rational drug addiction and drug legalization,
  • private crime deterrence,
  • gun control,
  • the privatization of prisons,
  • juvenile crime,
  • alternative social reforms to deter crime


By requiring no previous knowledge of economics, not only is this book a perfect choice for students new to the study of economics and public policy, it will also be of interest and accessible to students of criminology, law, political science, and other disciplines interested in the study of crime topics. By emphasizing the benefits and costs of social policy to deter crime, The Economics of Crime can be enjoyed by anyone who follows current public policy debate over one of society's most contentious issues.

Harold Winteris Associate Professor at Ohio University. His previous bookTrade-Offs: An Introduction to Economic Reasoning and Social Issuesis available from University of Chicago Press (2005).
Title:The Economics of Crime: An Introduction to Rational Crime AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.4 inPublished:September 11, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415771749

ISBN - 13:9780415771740


Table of Contents

Table of Contents,Preface, Chapter One: Rational Crime Basics, Chapter Two: Efficient Punishment and Fines, Chapter Three: Prison and Crime Deterrence, Chapter Four: The Death Penalty and Crime Deterrence, Chapter Five: Race and Crime, Chapter Six: Private Crime Deterrence, Chapter Seven: Drugs and Crime, Chapter Eight: Social Reforms and Crime Deterrence, Chapter Nine: Conclusion: What Economists Do, References