Is the Shoplifting Epidemic Fake Bad News? Yes and No

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Peter Jacobsen

“As someone who has spent time researching population economics, I’m no stranger to false bad news. It’s no secret that doom-and-gloom headlines sell better than ‘everything is fine.’ So over the last few months seeing viral video after viral video of shoplifting going unpunished I finally had to ask, is the shoplifting problem really worse? It turns out, the supposed shoplifting epidemic is much less clear than headlines would have you believe.” (11/15/23)