Exploring White Collar Crime and the American Dream

Andrea Schoepfer, University of Florida
Nicole Leeper Piquero, University of Florida

Institutional Anomie Theory (IAT) suggests that high crime rates in America can be attributed to the commitment to the goal of material success. In this regard, particular emphasis is placed on the motivations derived from the profit goal of economic institutions that dominant the American culture. While IAT has been applied to property and violent crime, it has yet to be used to explain white collar crime. In this paper, we use Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and Census Bureau data to examine the applicability of IAT to conventional forms of white collar crime.

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Updated 05/20/2006