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Thomas Loughran

thomas A. loughran, PH.D.


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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Thomas A. Loughran's research is focused on understanding more about how individuals make decisions about offending. There are several unique but related threads which contribute theoretically to this larger theme. One thread deals with individuals’ response to sanctions, specifically how various forms of punishment, or lack thereof, affect future engagement in criminality. A second area is mainly concerned with offenders’ perceptions of risks, costs and rewards associated with different types of offending behaviors. Finally, a third area of interest deal with the way incentives from the illegal activity affect decisions to participate in illegal activities, and how offenders make decisions when having to trade off costs and benefits realized at different points in time.

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