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The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel

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

Kurzbeschreibung (Abstract)

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.

Typ des Eintrags: Report
Erschienen: 2002
Autor(en): Entorf, Horst ; Winker, Peter
Titel: The Economics of Crime: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel
Sprache: Englisch
Kurzbeschreibung (Abstract):

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.

Reihe: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Band: 118
Ort: Darmstadt
Kollation: 36 S.
Fachbereich(e)/-gebiet(e): 01 Fachbereich Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften
01 Fachbereich Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Hinterlegungsdatum: 19 Nov 2008 15:54
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JEL Classification: K42, C23, I19, J49

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