Although corruption and optimal law enforcement literature have addressed the effects of corruption, little has been done to analyze the decision to become corrupt. For example, little is known about risk preferences and how they might affect the nature of a corrupt exchange scheme. To answer this question, a theoretical analysis is developed that considers the noncoercive incentivea and circumstances necessary for a law enforcement official, assumed averse to criminal risk, to choose a corrupt exchange with organized crime that involves murder. Risk-aversion and the severity of the crime involved are shown to reduce the likelihood of detecting the corruption scheme and murder is shown to be optimal. Corruption schemes involving less risk averse offenders are analyzed and compared.
Corrupt Exchange, Risk-Aversion, Decision Modeling, Organized Crime, Detection
How to Cite
Marche, G. E., (2004) “AND, INJUSTICE FOR SOME”, American Review of Political Economy 2(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.38024/arpe.80