Title

Control Frauds as Financial Super-Predators: How 'Pathogens' Make Financial Markets Inefficient

Publication Date

2005

Document Type

Article

Abstract

White-collar criminology scholarship shows that “accounting control frauds” (frauds led by the CEO) use accounting fraud to deceive (or suborn) sophisticated financial market participants. Large control frauds cause greater financial losses than all other forms of property crimes combined. Weak regulation, supervision and ethics produce epidemics of control fraud that cause systemic economic damage. As with the natural world, these financial super predators act like pathogens that take over a firm and act as a “vector” to cause even greater damage. Control fraud theory poses a major challenge to the efficient markets hypothesis and the resulting praxis that devalues financial regulation.

Publication Title

Journal of Socio-Economics

Volume

34

Issue

6

Share

COinS