ECON190-001: Freshman Seminar:Economics

Topic: Economics of Crime

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
8:30am - 9:45am
Rich Building 211
Allison, Blake
Appropriate for First Year students.

Open only to students with freshman standing. Topics and prerequisites vary; consult the Course Atlas.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: 

Econ 190-001 Freshman Seminar: Economics of Crime - Allison

Course Description:


This course provides an introduction to the study of crime and crime-control policies using standard economic techniques. Criminal behavior is considered to be 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.



No textbook required

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