Research Briefs

Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review of Corporate Crime Deterrence

The overall objective of this research is to identify and synthesize published and unpublished studies on formal legal and administrative prevention and control strategies—i.e., the actions and programs of government law enforcement agencies, legislative bodies, and regulatory agencies on corporate crime.  This review has considered all types of legal and regulatory practices as long as corporate crime prevention and control was part of the outcome.  The study provides a systematic assessment and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of the identified strategies and programs. 

Sally S. Simpson, Principal Investigator

Building a Federal Statistical Series on White Collar Offending (grant funded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics). 

This project has multiple objectives:  (1) to propose a definition of white-collar crime that is consistent with data currently held by BSJ and data developed and utilized by regulatory agencies; (2) to identify regulatory agencies with whom BJS can partner to build a more comprehensive data set and specify how agency cooperation will be sought;  (3) to map how regulatory agencies process offenses, especially identifying similarities and differences in legal/legislative authority, decision processes, available sanctions, levels of analysis, and ultimately the kinds of data collected in processing across agencies so that BJS can develop and implement the means to standardize coding and presentation of data across the variety of data sources;  (4) to describe the kinds of regulatory agency data that are available on-line and the challenges associated with extracting and converting these data into statistical tables; and (5) to propose a pilot analysis using data from a sample of federal judicial districts that will integrate individual case-level data on regulatory actions and criminal and civil actions to assess the “totality” of sanctions imposed on white-collar offenders. 

Sally S. Simpson, Principal Investigator (with Peter C. Yeager, Boston University)

Public Willingness to Pay for White-Collar Fraud Control. 

Funded by the National Institute of Justice, this study provides policy-relevant evidence on the public’s attitudes towards white-collar and corporate frauds. In particular, the study will offer (1) new evidence on the cost of white-collar and corporate frauds, (2) an assessment of how the public’s willingness-to-pay might vary with policy alternatives such as civil versus criminal adjudication, and (3) a comprehensive analysis of how the public’s willingness-to-pay varies by the information provided on factors (e.g., details of the offense, the offender, the victim, and the institutional approach to handling the offense). We also will explore the feasibility of collecting self-report data on fraud offending.  Data for this research will be collecting using knowledge panel survey methodology. 

Sally S. Simpson, Co-Principal Investigator (Mark A. Cohen, Vanderbilt Co-Principal Investigator, and Tom Laughran, University of Maryland, Co-Principal Investigator)

Ongoing Research– to be provided in the near future

Research Portfolio– to be provided in the near future

Publications and Reports

C-BERC researchers have a proven publication track-record with many papers accepted for journal publication and presentations at industry and academic conferences. The following are examples of some of the research produced by the faculty, fellows and students affiliated with C-BERC.


Sally S. Simpson, Carole Gibbs, Lee Ann Slocum, Melissa Rorie, Mark Cohen, and Michael Vandenbergh.  “An Empirical Assessment of Corporate Environmental Crime Control Strategies.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 103 (1): 231-278, 2013.


Stephen E. Loeb, " Education in Accountancy and Social Control: Questions and Comments," Issues in Accounting Education, (November 2012), pp. 1059-1069.


T. Leigh Anenson, Clean Hands and the CEO: Equity as an Antidote for Excessive Compensation (with Donald O. Mayer), Vol. 12, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 101-165 (2010) (lead article)