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Economic Crime: Does Personality Matter
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2003 (English)In: International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, ISSN 0306-624X, E-ISSN 1552-6933, ISSN 0306-624X, Vol. 47, no 3, 335-355 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Since the publication of Edwin Sutherland's classical study, White Collar Crime, personality has been treated as completely irrelevant as a cause or as a correlating variable in studies of economic crime. This article questions that thesis. In an ongoing Swedish project studying economic crime in the areas of construction, engineering, and the music industry, 128 informants were interviewed regarding the personal character of the economic criminal compared to that of the law-abiding businessperson. Data were collected from five different regions in Sweden using the Big Five model, the personality model most often used within the field of personality research today. This article compares the results from the interviews with the few international studies that exist regarding economic crimes in these areas and common results are emphasized. It also presents nuanced analyses of the significance of personality in economic crime.

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2003. Vol. 47, no 3, 335-355 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66366DOI: 10.1177/0306624X03047003007OAI: diva2:606264
Available from: 2013-02-18 Created: 2013-02-18 Last updated: 2014-03-20Bibliographically approved

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