Crime and Motivation: How research from psychology, economics and education can influence one’s involvement in criminal activity

by TL13 on April 13, 2015 - 6:48pm

After hearing and reading about the recent stabbings in the metro station in Montreal, I thought it would be interesting to research whether or not their background, meaning their education, had anything to do with their choice to engage in criminal activity. I honestly believe that people who have a good education won’t find the need to commit any crime, but I thought that maybe by doing some research, I would be able to confirm or refute my hypothesis.

In Montreal, on April 8, 2015, a 41-year old man was stabbed at the Henri-Bourassa metro station inside a metro car and he is now in stable condition. Police responded to the call and till now, there are no main suspects; they remain at large. Later that night, that metro station was closed for investigation, and the investigators were looking at the security cameras and interviewed witnesses. The witnesses say that two people were fighting and it degenerated into a stabbing. This was the first of two stabbings in two days in Montreal’s metro station.

Most of my news summaries had to do with crime and law, for example, the hit and runs where the guilty culprit got away, school shootings, truck robberies and animal cruelty. All of these made me curious to research the motivations and/or influences that would lead someone to commit crimes. I decided to focus on their education, which includes economics and psychology because I believe that having a good education, being well off economically and not having a bad/aggressive behavior will decrease one’s likelihood of engaging in criminal activity. So with that, I’m really curious to know whether or not there is a strong association between one’s education and involvement in crime.

The three academic disciplines that I will focus on are education, psychology and economics. I’m curious to see whether or not they are considered to be strong factors that would increase the likeliness of committing a crime. For this term paper, education is going to be the main discipline; linking to whether having a good education will decrease the likeliness of engaging in criminal activity. With psychology, I’m going to focus more on their behavior, such as aggressiveness, and for economics, I’m curious to know if income is an influential factor for someone’s involvement in criminal activity.

Here’s a link to where these three disciplines are being taught: Most of my news summaries are about crimes, and I believe that education, psychology, and economics are definitely major factors that influence one’s development of criminal behavior. So, by studying in those programs, I believe it will be possible to know more in depth if they actually are considered to be a major factor.