The field of economics of crime deals, among others, with the causes for individuals to engage in criminal activity including their social, educational and financial background, the costs and benefits of the penal system and its effectiveness of preventing released criminals from becoming subsequent offenders.
As opposed to past research approaches in the field of criminology, economists try to analyze the implications of crime by relying on modern econometric methods.
Thereby, new insights on the causes and effects of crime are gained and possible consequences for policy makers can be discussed.
Prof. Dr. Horst Entorf is a full professor and chair of the Econometrics Department of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He received his doctorate in 1989 and obtained his habilitation in 1995 both at Mannheim University, Germany. He is well-known for his research in the field of economics and crime and had several media appearances on this topic. In 2010, Prof. Entorf published the book Crime in Europe: Causes and Consequences which compares the American and European social welfare systems with respect to their effect on crime levels, social reintegration of criminals and the economic consequences of this.
Date and venue: Thursday 7 March, 19 hours, SBE Aula H0.01, Tongersestraat 53, Maastricht
Source and more information: SCOPE Economics