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The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel

Entorf, Horst ; Winker, Peter (2002):
The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel.
In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, 118, Darmstadt, [Report]

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Title: The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel
Language: English

The rising trends both in drug addiction and crime rates are of major public concern in Germany. Surprisingly, the economic theory of crime seems to ignore the drugs-crime nexus, whereas the criminological literature considers illicit drug use a main reason of criminal activities. This paper provides an econometric assessment of the drugs-crime channel within a Becker-Ehrlich model of crime supply. We analyse three different channels from drug abuse to crime: system-related, economic-related and pharmacological effects. Estimation with panel data from the German states allows us to take into account further factors that might influence both drug abuse and crime. The results indicate that drug offences have a significant impact, in particular on property crimes. We attribute this to a strong economic-related channel of drug abuse on crime.

Series: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Series Volume: 118
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Collation: 36 S.
Classification DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 330 Wirtschaft
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2008 15:54
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 09:02
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-48096
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JEL Classification: K42, C23, I19, J49

URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/4809
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