Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129288
Authors: 
Cho, Seo-Young
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 08-2016
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
cybercrime
e-skills
institutions
entrepreneurship
JEL: 
E24
K42
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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