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date: 23 February 2019

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In light of the global financial crisis, a great deal of interest has emerged in the relationship between economic crisis and crime. Although most research in this area has focused on street crime, this chapter reviews and assesses the theoretical and empirical literature on economic conditions and corporate crime. Since both corporate and individual actors (as company representatives) may engage in illegal conduct, the chapter gives special consideration to how individuals who are embedded within the organization/corporate context respond to economic fluctuations. Overall, the review reveals a relatively sparse literature with inconsistent and conflicting findings. Several strategies for further research in this area are recommended.

Keywords: global financial crisis, corporate crime, economic fluctuations, measurement, sampling, agency recording, simultaneity

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