Economics of Crime
Penn State University
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What is the Economics of Crime?

This course provides an introduction to the study of crime and crime-control policies using standard economic techniques. Criminal behavior is considered as the result of rational decisions made by individuals seeking to maximize their well-being within the constraints of society. The focus is on incentives for individuals to commit crimes and how those incentives can be changed by public policy. Topics include the costs of crime to society, drug control, gun control, non-violent and violent crime, gang-related crimes, punishment, incarceration, and deterrence.

My Favorite Quotes

GARY BECKER
Nobel Prize Lecture

I was not sympathetic to the assumption that criminals had radically different motivations from everyone else. 

DAN ARIELY
Predictably Irrational

Individuals are honest only to the extent that suits them (including their desire to please others).

STEVEN LEVITT

Freakonomics

Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work, wheareas economics represents how it actually does work.

Meet The Team

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Jadrian Wooten

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I'll be your instructor this semester. Feel free to visit me with any questions you have about the course or your grade in the course. 

TEACHING ASSISTANT
TBA

The TA will be responsible for managing reading quiz grades and giving back blue books during the week.

Course Material

Economics of Crime
American Prison
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Narconomics
Packback Subscription
Tableau
Economical Writing
Blue book
iClicker Remote
Microsoft Office
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