|Poutvaara, Panu; Priks, Mikael (2011): Unemployment and gang crime: Can prosperity backfire? In: Economics of Governance, Vol. 12, No. 3: pp. 259-273|
In this paper, we study how unemployment affects gang crime. We examine a model of criminal gangs and suggest that a substitution effect between petty crime and severe crime is at work. In the model, non-monetary valuation of gang membership is private knowledge. Thus, the leaders face a trade-off between less crime per member in large gangs and more crime per member in small gangs. A decrease in unemployment may result in a switch from a large gang that requires petty crime to a small gang that requires severe crime.
Economics > Chairs > CESifo-Professorship for International Institutional Comparisons
|Subjects:||300 Social sciences > 330 Economics|
|Deposited On:||15. Apr 2014 08:53|
|Last Modified:||29. Apr 2016 09:17|