Economic Aspects of the Complementarity between Corruption and Crime: Evidence from Italy in the Period 1996-2005

22 Pages Posted: 19 May 2015

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Raul Caruso

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Adelaide Baronchelli

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: May 19, 2014

Abstract

This paper empirically investigates the connection between corruption and crime. Such linkage has been often underestimated because corruption has been often analyzed as a white-collar crime. In fact it is not characterized by violence. Recently a theoretical connection has been suggested to highlight that corruption and crime can be considered strategic complements. This paper, therefore, delves into the link between corruption and crime investigating empirically this relation for Italian regions in the period 1996-2005. Results show that current crime is positively associated with past levels of corruption. This somehow confirms the complementary relationship between the two illicit phenomena.

Keywords: Corruption, Crime, Complementarity, investment

JEL Classification: K42; J47

Suggested Citation

Caruso, Raul and Baronchelli, Adelaide, Economic Aspects of the Complementarity between Corruption and Crime: Evidence from Italy in the Period 1996-2005 (May 19, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607949 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2607949

Raul Caruso (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

20123 Milano
Italy

Adelaide Baronchelli

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

Largo Gemelli, 1
Via Necchi 9
Milan, MI 20123
Italy

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