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Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel in Economics of Crime Models Empirical Evidence from Panel Data of the German States

Entorf, Horst and Winker, Peter (2006):
Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel in Economics of Crime Models Empirical Evidence from Panel Data of the German States.
Darmstadt, In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, [Online-Edition: http://econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/32094/1/511221185.PDF],
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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. 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.

Item Type: Report
Erschienen: 2006
Creators: Entorf, Horst and Winker, Peter
Title: Investigating the Drugs-Crime Channel in Economics of Crime Models Empirical Evidence from Panel Data of the German States
Language: English
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. 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 Name: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Volume: 165
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2009 14:13
Official URL: http://econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/32094/1/511221185.PDF
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JEL Classification: K42, C23, I19, J49

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