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date: 19 October 2019

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A growing body of research seems to contradict prior assumptions that individual characteristics are unimportant to the etiology of white-collar offending. This article highlights the theoretical thinking and the empirical research that underscores the need to attend to white-collar offenders’ personality traits, neutralizations, and criminal thinking styles. More research is needed to better understand what individual psychological factors contribute to the risk for becoming a white-collar offender and to inform intervention efforts and policy options for white-collar and corporate crime.

Keywords: white-collar crime, corporate crime, white-collar offenders, personality traits, criminal thinking styles, neutralizations

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