Unemployment and Gang Crime: Could Prosperity Backfire?
2011 (English)In: Economics of Governance, ISSN 1435-6104, E-ISSN 1435-8131, Vol. 12, 259-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2011. Vol. 12, 259-273 p.
Violence, Crime, Gangs, Unemployment, K42, D71, D74
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