Need/Greed: A Preliminary Examination Into an Economic Theory of Crime

Jessie Krienert, Illinois State University
Mark S. Fleisher, Illinois State University

This paper examines economic need in a sample population of criminal women. Further exploration is made into how baseline economic need leads to a growing desire for increasing resources well beyond baseline need (greed) and the resources used to attain both. Legal and illegal employment, physical and social environment, as well as basic opportunity structure will be examined using both qualitative and quantitative data from criminal women in Illinjois. Utilizing samples of women from both incarcerative and street settings, a preliminary theory of need and greed is created.

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