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Credit and Identity Theft


Charles M. Kahn


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

William Roberds


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

August 2005

FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2005-19

Abstract:     
The quintessential crime of the information age is identity theft, the malicious use of personal identifying data. In this paper we model identity and its use in credit transactions. Various types of identity theft occur in equilibrium, including new account fraud, existing account fraud, and friendly fraud. The equilibrium incidence of identity theft represents a tradeoff between a desire to avoid costly or invasive monitoring of individuals on the one hand and the need to control transactions fraud on the other. Our results suggest that technological advances will not eliminate this tradeoff.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: identity theft, fraud, money, search

JEL Classification: D83, E42, G28

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Date posted: October 13, 2005  

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Kahn, Charles M. and Roberds, William, Credit and Identity Theft (August 2005). FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2005-19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=814026 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.814026

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Charles M. Kahn
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ( email )
Department of Finance
340 Wohlers Hall
Champaign, IL 61820
United States
217-333-2813 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://kahnfrance.com/cmk/
William Roberds (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ( email )
1000 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309-4470
United States
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404-498-8956 (Fax)
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