Organized Crime and Foreign Direct Investment: The Italian Case
Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro
University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics
October 1, 2008
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2416
The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of crime on FDI inflows in 103 Italian provinces. The incidence of criminality is measured through the number of complaints for different kinds of crime. The analysis has been conducted using different estimation methods for panel data. The results show how the correlation between organized crime is both negative and significant. This relationship appears strong even when, in specifications, it is considered as an indicator of financial incentives for investment. Furthermore, such a correlation between crime and FDI seems to be valid only for certain crimes, traditionally related to the presence of Organized crime of the mafia type. Even if these results suggest that crime is, in itself, a deterrent for foreign investors, this does not exclude the possibility that a high incidence of (certain) crimes may be perceived as a signal of a socio-institutional environment unfavourable for FDI.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: FDI determinants, Italy, Mezzogiorno, crime, regional attractiveness
JEL Classification: F23, R30, R38working papers series
Date posted: October 13, 2008
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