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April 03, 2014

"Why Thieves Steal Soap"

Score one for economists' assumption that virtually everyone responds to incentives

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bjk

And if they don't respond, they're not incentives.

Jack PQ

Fun, but incomplete article because it focuses on demand. What about supply? Why do thieves risk jail time to sell stolen soap and razors? Gary Becker showed how crime can make sense, economically, for people. That's what missing here. Either the risk of getting caught is negligible because the thief sells it within minutes of getting away, or thieves know the police don't bother with such small-value items. Or something like that.

Paul

"Why Thieves Steal Soap"....Because they want to make a clean gettaway !!!!!!!! Bada...Bum..

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