Income Variables and the Measures of Gains from Crime
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Date Written: January 2005
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
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