Do Emotional Contexts Moderate the Effect of Risks and Rewards on Violence?

Alex R. Piquero, University of Florida
Stephanie Carmichael, University of Florida

Rational choice scholars have long been interested in the relationship between risk and rewards and criminal offending. At the same time, criminologists have also been interested in the relationship between different emotional contexts and criminal offending. With a few exceptions, rational choice researchers have neglected would-be offenders' emotional states. In this paper, we integrate the study of emotions into the rational choice model and examine how risk and rewards influence criminal offending (violence in particular) across the emotional context of anger.

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