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Criminal Networks: Who is the Key Player?


Xiaodong Liu


University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Eleonora Patacchini


Università di Roma "La Sapienza"; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Yves Zenou


Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Lung-Fei Lee


Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Economics

June 22, 2012

FEEM Working Paper No. 39.2012

Abstract:     
We analyze delinquent networks of adolescents in the United States. We develop a dynamic network formation model showing who the key player is, i.e. the criminal who once removed generates the highest possible reduction in aggregate crime level. We then structurally estimate our model using data on criminal behaviors of adolescents in the United States (AddHealth data). Compared to other criminals, key players are more likely to be male, have less educated parents, are less attached to religion and feel socially more excluded. We also find that, even though some criminals are not very active in criminal activities, they can be key players because they have a crucial position in the network in terms of betweenness centrality.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 109

Keywords: Crime, Bonacich Centrality, Dynamic Network Formation, Crime Policies

JEL Classification: A14, D85, K42, Z13

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Date posted: June 23, 2012  

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Liu, Xiaodong and Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves and Lee, Lung-Fei, Criminal Networks: Who is the Key Player? (June 22, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 39.2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2089267 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2089267

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Xiaodong Liu
University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )
Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309
United States
HOME PAGE: http://spot.colorado.edu/~xiaodong/
Eleonora Patacchini
Università di Roma "La Sapienza" ( email )
Box 83 - RM62
P. le A. Moro 5
Roma I-00185
Italy
+39 06 4991 0843 (Phone)
+39 06 4453 246 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )
Via Due Macelli, 73
Rome, 00187
Italy
Yves Zenou (Contact Author)
Stockholm University ( email )
Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI) ( email )
P.O. Box 5501
S-114 85 Stockholm
Sweden
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Lung-Fei Lee
Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Economics ( email )
Dept of Economics
Columbus, OH 43210-1172
United States
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