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Dr. Michael Charette
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario
N9B 3P4
phone: 253-3000
Ext.2380
Email:mfc@uwindsor.ca


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FINAL GRADES ARE IN THE FILE BELOW

ClassList_F08_331(01).pdf

MID TERM MARKS ARE IN THE FILE BELOW

ClassList_F08_331(01).pdf

THE ECONOMICS OF LEGAL PROCEDURES,
(CRIME AND PUNISHMENT)

ECONOMICS 41-331, Section (01)

FALL 2008



Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 2:20 Room 204 Toldo

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Michael F. Charette
Office: Room G131, Chrysler Hall North
Telephone: 253-4232 Ext. 2380
E-mail mfc@uwindsor.ca (please identify yourself as
a student registered in 41-331)

All e-mail communication between faculty and students must use UWIN e-mail addresses.

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
and 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, or by appointment.

TEXTBOOK: Purchase is optional Cooter, Robert and Thomas Ulen, Law and Economics 4th edition, Addison Wesley, New
York, 2004. A copy of the text will be on reserve in the library and relevant material will be posted on the course
website.

The textbook has a related web site (www.cooter-ulen.com).

PREREQUISITES: 41-221 Intermediate Microeconomics

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course is intended to introduce you to the role of economic theory in the analysis of criminal law and and legal procedure. The course will begin with a discussion of some possible objectives of a system of laws. The effectiveness of alternative legal rules and sanctions will be assessed.

BASIS FOR
COURSE GRADE: Mid term test 50% of final grade (October 30th revised date – in class).
If you do not write the mid-term test you must provide a written explanation with relevant supporting documents. No make-up mid-term tests will be given. If you do not write the mid-term for an approved reason the final exam will represent 100% of your final grade.
Final Exam 50% of final grade (Slot 6, Tuesday, December 16 at 1:30 pm) The format for final exams written other than during the assigned exam slot may differ. If you do not write the final exam during the assigned slot then you must follow the application procedure indicated in Senate By-Law 51 in order to be considered for admission to a make-up final exam which will be written on February 18th 2009 (a date set by the Department of Economics).

Letter grade equivalents in this course:
A+ 93-100 B+ 77-79.9 C+ 67-69.9 D+ 57-59.9
A 86-92.9 B 73-76.9 C 63-66.9 D 53-56.9 F 35-49.9
A- 80-85.9 B- 70-72.9 C- 60-62.9 D- 50-52.9 F- 0-34.9

Numerical scores on a given test may be adjusted upwards or downwards if overall class results are anomalous.

PLAGIARISM AND ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Plagiarism and academic dishonesty will
not be tolerated and all instances will be reported to the Associate Dean of Science for disciplinary action under Senate Bylaw 31. Students must not have access to any form of electronic communication device, or calculator with more than minimal storage memory, during any testing procedure in this course.

DROPPING COURSES: The last date for withdrawing from this course, without a grade being assigned, is November 7th.

STUDENT EVALUATIONS: The Student Evaluation of Teaching will be carried out during the last two weeks of scheduled classes.

TOPICS:

The lecture notes can be viewed by down loading Adobe's Acrobat Reader or as a WordPerfect document. The WordPerfect documents should be 'saved to file' for subsequent opening.

The lecture overhead slides can be viewed by down loading Power Point Viewer.

NOTE: The following Lecture Overheads and Lecture Notes are provided for your convenience. They are revised each year as the course is presented and may be revised during the current course offering.

A. Introduction
Lecture Overheads Intro_A.pptIntro_B.ppt Intro_C.ppt Intro_D.ppt Intro_E.pptIntro_F.ppt

Lecture notes: Part A-I E240ai.PDF E240aii.pdf E240aiii.pdf

Readings: Chapters 1 to 3 of Cooter and Ulen C&U4thchpt1.pdf C&U4thchpt2.pdfC&U4thchpt3.pdf

The Mid-term will cover material in Section A above
Format Short answers and problems based on the lecture material and readings

SOME SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THE MIDTERM Sample_Midterm.pdf



B. The Economic Theory of Crime and Punishment

Lecture Overheads Crime_A.pptCrime_B.pptCrime_C.pptCrime_D.ppt
Crime_E.ppt Crime_F.ppt Crime_G.ppt

Lecture notes: Part C-I click on E240f1.PDF or E240fi.wpd
Readings: Chapters 11 to 12 of Cooter and Ulen C&U4thchpt11.pdfC&U4thchpt12.pdf

The following are some readings (statistical overviews) of very aspects of crime and the criminal justice system in Canada.

Justice Spending Policing Expenditure Homicide
0110285-002-XIE.pdf 0070485-002-XIE.pdf 0080485-002-XIE.pdf

US - Canada Comparison Crime Statistics

0110185-002-XIE.pdf 0050585-002-XIE.pdf

Do not spend too much time on the the following readings. They are intended to give you a sense of how some theories of criminal behaviour are tested with real world data.

1. Application of the rational model of crime to cheating. This a fairly straight forward empirical test. Do not get hung up on the statistical techniques. Focus on the question of interest and what types of factors affect the likelihood that a student will cheat? Deter_Cheating.pdf

2. This is a bit more complicated (at least the variable definitions). Just take a quick look at how the authors approach the problem. Deter_DUI.pdf

3. Some of the economics of capital punishment:
Becker is a premier economic theorist of the 'Chicago School' Becker_CapitalPun.pdf

Posner is also a 'Chicago School' type who is an U.S. Court of Appeal judge who started his live as an Economist Posner_CapitalPun.pdf
Johnes provides some comments on Becker's view Becker_critique.pdf



C. An Economic Theory of the Legal Process

Lecture Overheads: Process_A.pptProcess_B.ppt

Lecture notes: Part D-I click on E240e1.PDF or E240ei.wpd

Readings: Chapter 10 of Cooter and Ulen C&U4thchpt10.pdf


- additional readings to be assigned



The Final will cover material in Sections A, B and C above
Format Short answers and problems based on the lecture material and readings

DETAILED INFO AND SOME SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THE FINAL

E331_FinalRev.pdf




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Comments and suggestions welcomed
E-mail: mfc@uwindsor.ca

Last update: December 28, 2008