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The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel

Entorf, Horst ; Winker, Peter (2008)
The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel.
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Item Type: Report
Type of entry: Primary publication
Title: The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel
Language: English
Date: 19 November 2008
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Series: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Series Volume: 118
Collation: 36 S.

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.

URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-48096
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JEL Classification: K42, C23, I19, J49; Erstellt Oktober 2002

Classification DDC: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2008 15:54
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 07:10
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/4809
PPN: 378483862
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