Criminology : Rational Choice

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Example Questions

Example Question #2 : Criminology

__________ theory states that an individual has free will and will choose to commit a criminal act only after weighing the ends and the means by way of a cost-benefit analysis that identifies the crime as beneficial.

Possible Answers:

Rational choice

Social structure



Life choice

Correct answer:

Rational choice


"Rational choice" is the correct answer. Under the tenants of rational choice theory, individuals have free will and will perform actions after performing calculations that weigh the costs and benefits of the ends and means of an act. This theory proposes that individuals commit criminal acts because the individual identified the crime as a rational means to an end after performing a cost-benefit analysis given the circumstances.

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