• 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

The aim of this course is to connect students with the important contributions made by modern economists into understanding crime and delinquency and its consequences, and system responses by criminal justice agencies. Five important areas are reviewed including: (1) the major criminological schools of thought - for example the classical, positivist and the Chicago; (2) theories used by criminologists to explain crime and delinquency; (3) theories used by economists in researching crime and delinquency; (4) modern prevention models (5) specialised techniques used by economists in studying crime and delinquency; and (5) areas of substantive expertise where economists contribute to scholarship and crime and justice policy development.   The course begins by introducing the fundamentals of criminology followed by an introduction into the economics of crime and enforcement. The various theories, perspectives and methods outlined in the early part of the course provide the necessary foundation for investigating topics such as the prevention of juvenile crime, 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. Understand how the various criminological schools of thought and and the theories discussed underpin modern crime prevention methods (e.g. developmental and situational crime prevention);
  2. Explain how specialised economic techniques used to study crime and the criminal justice system can be applied to improve policy decisions;
  3. Understand how theory, case study, history and data developed by and for economists is useful in developing safer communities;
  4. Evaluate how economic analysis has been useful in illuminating salient issues of interest to criminologists and government.

Indicative Assessment

Critical analysis of criminological schools of thought and their contribution to the development of  modern crime prevention - 30% (2000 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 per week (weeks 1-13) and 1 hour tutorial per week (weeks 2-12). Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of self-directed study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM6000

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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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4954 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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