A Multiagent Method Applied to the Economic Analysis of Criminal Law DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18836/2178-0587/ealr.v1n1p165-178

Luiz Marcelo Berger, Denis Borenstein, Giacomo Balbinotto Neto


Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence have made possible to develop computational methods to study social phenomena. This research work develops an agent-based model to study the emergent properties resulting from public enforcement of criminal law. In order to build a model of criminal behavior suitable to the Project, the economic analysis of crime is used as the basic framework, most specially Becker’s (1968) seminal work, but also Shavell and Polinsky (2000), Shavell (2004), Cohen and Felson (1979) and Clarke (1995) frameworks. The model was implemented using NetLogo 3.1.4, a multiagent software platform (Wilensky, 1999). The resulting simulation program provides a wide range of dynamic options making it easy to perform numerous tests.


Agent-based models. Multiagent systems. Economic analysis of law.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18836/2178-0587/ealr.v1n1p165-178

Economic Analysis of Law Review  -  ISSN 2178-0587

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