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date: 19 October 2019

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This chapter locates the source of white-collar crime in the pool of persons with the motivation and opportunity to commit it. Historical and economic shifts shape the pool of likely offenders and move some in the oceans of the predisposed to the brink of crime commission. Individual white-collar offenders, many of whom spring from pools of those likely to offend, apply moral and pecuniary calculation and decide that an opportunity for crime is sufficiently lucrative and acceptable to pursue. Those who make that choice share psychological and social distinctions that draw them to crime. Their predispositions and mindsets may originate in part in the social and economic conditions of a time and place.

Keywords: white-collar crime, white-collar offenders, predisposition, economy, motivation

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