The Economics of Crime

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Economics of Crime

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    This course uses economics to understand crime. It examines how criminals choose to commit crimes, how they respond to law enforcement, and when they will act collectively in crime. The course will examine current and historical episodes of crime.

    The course will appeal to students who are interested in economics and enjoy the economic way of thinking. Students who would like to improve their ability to apply the economic framework to political problems would enjoy the course. The course does not use highly formal models, but instead relies on graphical analysis where appropriate. Seminars are reading-intensive and discussion-based, and students who do not complete all of the readings each week struggle to do well.

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