Crime chains

Baç, Mehmet (2022) Crime chains. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 14 (4). pp. 680-722. ISSN 1945-7669 (Print) 1945-7685 (Online)

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How should law enforcement resources be allocated to minimize the harms from flexible, chain-form trafficking organizations? I show that optimal interventions focus on one target, the feeding source (decap-itation) or the revenue-generating tail (amputation). Decapitation dismantles the crime chain under large budgets but induces maxi-mal expansion otherwise, whereas amputation generates a rich set of detection outcomes and limits the chain's size response. A rule of thumb emerges for authorities to target tail segments under small budgets and high detection contiguity, qualified by chain profitability and enforcement parameters. Real-world interventions fail to coor-dinate on such efficient targeting. (JEL K42)
Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mehmet Baç
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2023 10:52
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:11

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