Understanding Ransom Kidnapping and its Duration

28 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2012

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Claudio Detotto

Università di Corsica (Laboratoire LISA - UMR 6240 CNRS); CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research)

Bryan C. McCannon

West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics

Marco Vannini

Università degli Studi di Sassari; Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS)

Date Written: July 11, 2012

Abstract

What factors drive the length of a kidnapping experience? A theoretical model is developed to conduct comparative statics. A unique data set covering all kidnappings for ransom in Sardinia between 1960 and 2010 is analyzed. Factors related to the ability to pay and cost of abduction matter. The effect of policies aimed at deterring the crime have mixed effects on its duration.

Keywords: crime, kidnapping, ransom, Sardinia, survival analysis

JEL Classification: C41, K42

Suggested Citation

Detotto, Claudio and McCannon, Bryan C. and Vannini, Marco, Understanding Ransom Kidnapping and its Duration (July 11, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109941

Claudio Detotto (Contact Author)

Università di Corsica (Laboratoire LISA - UMR 6240 CNRS) ( email )

Jean Nicoli BP 52
Corte, Corsica 20250
France

HOME PAGE: http://umrlisa.univ-corse.fr/

CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research) ( email )

Via Muroni, 25
Sassari, 07100
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://crenos.unica.it/crenos/

Bryan C. McCannon

West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Marco Vannini

Università degli Studi di Sassari ( email )

Via Regina Margherita 15
07100 Sassari
Italy

Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS) ( email )

V. S. Ignazio 78
Cagliari, 09124
ITALY

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