• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Economics, Applied Economics, Criminology, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Manning
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The aim of this course is to connect students with the salient contributions made by modern economists into understanding crime and its consequences and system responses to crime by criminal justice agencies. Three important areas are reviewed; (1) economic theory employed by economists in researching economic crime, (2) specialised techniques used by economists, and (3) areas of substantive expertise where economists contribute to scholarship and policy development.

The course begins by introducing the fundamentals of the economics of crime and enforcement. The market for crimes is then introduced alongside other economic theories and methods used to research crime. The theories and methods provide the necessary framework for investigating topics such as the economics of juvenile crime, the economics of neighbourhood gangs, guns and crime, and drugs and crime.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the salient theories employed by economists in researching crime and responses by the criminal justice system;
  2. Explain how specialised economic theory and techniques used to study crime and the criminal justice system can be applied to improve policy decisions;
  3. Apply theory, case study, history and data developed by economists to analyse crime and its consequences;
  4. Evaluate how economic analysis has been useful in illuminating salient issues of interest to criminologists.

Indicative Assessment

Critical analysis of aggregate and market forces model of crime 30% (1500 word essay) - LO1,3

Mid-semester exam, scheduled in the mid-semester examination period (multiple choice and short answer - 1.5 hours) 30% - LO1-3.

End of semester exam, scheduled in the final examination period (multiple choice, short answer and short essay - 2 hours) 40% LO 1-4

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A 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of self-directed study per week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Prescribed Texts

Yezer, A. (2014). Economics of Crime and Enforcement. New York: M.E Sharpe.

Preliminary Reading

Indicative additional readings include:

Becker, G. S. (1968). Crime and Punishment: An economic approach. The Journal of Political Economy, 76(2): 169-217.

Becker, G.S., Murphy, K., Grossman, M. (2006). The market for illegal goods: The case of drugs. Journal of Political Economy, 114(1): 38-60.

Cohen, M. (2000). Measuring the costs and benefits of crime and justice Measurement and analysis of crime and justice (pp. 263-316): National Institute of Justice.

Cook, P. J. (1986). The demand and supply of criminal opportunities. Crime and Justice, 7(1): 1-27.

Cook, P. J. (1980). Research in criminal deterrence: Laying the groundwork for the second decade. Crime and Justice, 2: 211-268.

Cook, P.J., Ludwig, J., Venkatesh, S., Braga, A. (2007). Underground gun markets. Economic Journal, 117 (534): 588-618.

Ehrlich, I. (1996). Crime, punishment, and the market for offences. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10(1), 43-67.

Nagin, D., & Pogarsky, G. (2003). An experimental investigation of deterrence: Cheating, self-serving bias, and impulsivity. Criminology, 41(1), 167-194.

Reuter, P., & Kleiman, M. (1986). Risks and prices: An economic analysis of drug enforcement. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, 7, 289-340.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3689 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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