Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello

Crime, Attitude Towards

  • Elena D’AgostinoEmail author
  • Emiliano Sironi
  • Giuseppe Sobbrio
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_670


Crime negatively affects social welfare and reduces citizens’ trust in public institutions and society. Perhaps the best starting point is trying to look at criminal behavior as human and social phenomenon in order to understand what pushes people to illegal (and certainly risky) activities. The psychological literature has emphasized the role of attitudes as one of the main determinants of human behavior. We reviewed this literature and its applications to crime.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena D’Agostino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emiliano Sironi
    • 2
  • Giuseppe Sobbrio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Statistical SciencesCatholic University of MilanMilanItaly