An Economic Theory of Deviance

Jeong-Yoo Kim, Gang Lee
2001 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics  
We develop a model of deviance by incorporating the labeling e ect into rational choice theory. In our model, we provide an explanation of the process through which a deviant is being stigmatized and explore theoretically the relationship between the experience of having deviated and the incentive of deviation. Surprisingly, our study nds that an ex-deviant is not necessarily more likely to deviate, contrary to widely held belief. This is because the less experienced deviant may hesitate more
more » ... violate the norm one more time for fear of being labeled as a pathological deviant. Also, we de ne the concept of "complete stigma" and demonstrate that a rational individual is not completely stigmatized in equilibrium with positive probability.
doi:10.1628/0932456012974512 fatcat:cjtrvq2xlzaxfpdwdest4banzq