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Recruitment to organised crime

Long, Iain 2013. Recruitment to organised crime. [Working Paper]. Cardiff Economics Working Papers, Cardiff: Cardiff University. Available at:

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Organised crime is unique within the underground economy. Unlike individual criminals, criminal organisations can substitute between a variety of inputs; chiefly violence and labour. This paper considers the effect of several popular anti-crime policies in such an environment. Using a standard framework, I find that certain policies may cause the organisation to reduce its membership in favour of more intense violence. Others may lead to increases in membership. Consequently, policies designed to reduce the social loss suffered as a result of criminal activities may actually increase it. Results prove robust to differences in hiring practices on the part of the criminal organisation.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organised crime; Crime policy; Occupational choice
Additional Information: Working Paper E2013/10
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:32

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