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Title:Criminal networks: Who is the key player? PDF Logo
Authors:Liu, Xiaodong
Patacchini, Eleonora
Zenou, Yves
Lee, Lung-Fei
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Nota di lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Climate Change and Sustainable Development 39.2012
Abstract:We analyze delinquent networks of adolescents in the United States. We develop a dynamic network formation model showing who the key player is, i.e. the criminal who once removed generates the highest possible reduction in aggregate crime level. We then structurally estimate our model using data on criminal behaviors of adolescents in the United States (AddHealth data). Compared to other criminals, key players are more likely to be male, have less educated parents, are less attached to religion and feel socially more excluded. We also find that, even though some criminals are not very active in criminal activities, they can be key players because they have a crucial position in the network in terms of betweenness centrality.
Subjects:Crime
Bonacich Centrality
Dynamic Network Formation
Crime Policies
JEL:A14
D85
K42
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:FEEM Working Papers, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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