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Unemployment and Gang Crime: Could Prosperity Backfire?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)In: Economics of Governance, ISSN 1435-6104, E-ISSN 1435-8131, Vol. 12, 259-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Springer, 2011. Vol. 12, 259-273 p.
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Violence, Crime, Gangs, Unemployment, K42, D71, D74
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71387DOI: 10.1007/s10101-011-0094-2ISI: 000310001000003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960698567OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-71387DiVA: diva2:484755
Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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