An Empirical Analysis of the Public Spending Decomposition on Organized Crime

25 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016

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Maria Berrittella

University of Palermo - CIRPIET

Carmelo Provenzano

Università Kore di Enna

Date Written: March 2, 2016

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate, empirically, what components of the public spending imply a decreasing effect on the organized crime and what components create opportunities for the organized crime, discussing also the role of government efficiency. The findings show a strikingly consistent pattern. Organized crime mainly operates in the distribution of the public spending for health, housing and community amenities. There is a decreasing effect on organized crime of the public expenditure devoted to education and to create morality values, such as the expenditure for recreation, culture and religion. Finally, government efficiency in public spending is beneficial for reducing the opportunities of the organized crime.

Keywords: Government Efficiency, Organized Crime, Public Spending

JEL Classification: C13, H50, K40

Suggested Citation

Berrittella, Maria and Provenzano, Carmelo, An Empirical Analysis of the Public Spending Decomposition on Organized Crime (March 2, 2016). FEEM Working Paper No. 001.2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740968 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2740968

Maria Berrittella

University of Palermo - CIRPIET ( email )

Viale delle Scienza
Palermo, 90128
Italy

Carmelo Provenzano (Contact Author)

Università Kore di Enna ( email )

Facoltà di Scienze Economiche e Giuridiche
Viale delle Olimpiadi, 1
Enna, 94100
Italy

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