Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24326
Authors: 
Demougin, Dominique M.
Schwager, Robert
Year of Publication: 
1999
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 99-44
Abstract: 
We use a stylized model to show that, if transfers to the poor are founded on a security argument, there is a negative trade-o¤ between law enforcement expenditures and criminality. In contrast, if transfers are based on altruism, the correlation between the same variables may appear positive. We argue that it provides a plausible explanation for the startling di¤erence between the US and Europe in crime statistics and law enforcement expenditures.
Subjects: 
Criminality
law enforcement
social system
JEL: 
H3
K0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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