Income Variables and the Measures of Gains from Crime

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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John Chisholm

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Chongwoo Choe

Monash University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

There is ambiguity in the empirical studies of crime economics regarding various income variables used to proxy the expected net gains from crime. As a result, the empirical findings are often mixed or contradictory to one another. This note provides a theoretical argument that relates the net expected gains from crime to a measure of income inequality (the Gini coefficient) and the mean income of a society, thereby clarifying the ambiguity.

JEL Classification: D63; K00

Suggested Citation

Chisholm, John and Choe, Chongwoo, Income Variables and the Measures of Gains from Crime (January 2005). Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 57, Issue 1, pp. 112-119, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=916819

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