A Crime 2.0 - Cybercrime, E-Talent, and Institutions

MAGKS DP No. 08-2016. Marburg

Posted: 22 Jul 2016

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Seo-Young Cho

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

Date Written: January 31, 2016


Cybercrime is typically profiled as a skill-intensive crime committed by educated, young criminals. This observation raises the controversial question of whether advanced knowledge and skills are a pull factor of cybercrime. In this paper, the linkage between e-skills and cybercrime is investigated using statistics from up to 28 European countries. Through the investigation, it is shown that electronic skills induce more cybercrime under weak institutions where the rules of law do not provide protection and incentives for productive entrepreneurial activities. This compound effect between e-skills and institutions suggests that institutional factors are crucial to allocating human capital between productive and criminal activities in cyberspace.

Keywords: cybercrime; e-skills; institutions; entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: E24; K42; O15

Suggested Citation

Cho, Seo-Young, A Crime 2.0 - Cybercrime, E-Talent, and Institutions (January 31, 2016). MAGKS DP No. 08-2016. Marburg, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813188

Seo-Young Cho (Contact Author)

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics ( email )

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