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The Phenomenology of Specialization of Criminal Suspects


Michele Tumminello


Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences; University of Palermo

Christofer Edling


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Fredrik Liljeros


Stockholm University - Department of Sociology

Rosario N. Mantegna


Central European University; University of Palermo

Jerzy Sarnecki


affiliation not provided to SSRN

August 16, 2012


Abstract:     
A criminal career can be either general, with the criminal commiting different types of crime, or specialized, with the criminal commiting a specific type of crime. A central problem in the study of crime specialization is to determine, from the perspective of the criminal, which crimes should be considered similar and which crimes should be considered distinct. We study a large set of Swedish suspects to empirically investigate generalist and specialist behavior in crime. We show that there is a large group of suspects who can be described as generalists. At the same time, we observe a non-trivial pattern of specialization across age and gender of suspects. Women are less prone to commit crimes of certain types, and, for instance, are more prone to specialize in crimes related to fraud. We also find evidence of temporal specialization of suspects. Older persons are more specialized than younger ones, and some crime types are preferentially committed by suspects of different ages.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: complex systems, social systems, crime, networks

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Date posted: August 17, 2012  

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Tumminello, Michele and Edling, Christofer and Liljeros, Fredrik and Mantegna, Rosario N. and Jerzy Sarnecki, The Phenomenology of Specialization of Criminal Suspects (August 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2130613 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2130613

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Michele Tumminello
Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences ( email )
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
University of Palermo ( email )
Viale delle Scienza
Palermo, 90128
Italy
Christofer Edling
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Fredrik Liljeros
Stockholm University - Department of Sociology ( email )
Stockholm S-106 91
Sweden
Rosario Nunzio Mantegna (Contact Author)
Central European University ( email )
Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary
University of Palermo ( email )
Dipartimento di Fisica
Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 18
Palermo, PA I-90128
Italy
+3909123899074 (Phone)
+3909123860815 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://ocs.unipa.it/Site/Rosario_Nunzio_Mantegna.html
Jerzy Sarnecki
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