Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/69576
Authors: 
Ours, Jan C. van
Vollaard, Ben
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper: Public Choice 4092
Abstract: 
We provide evidence for a beneficial welfare impact of a crime policy that is targeted at strengthening victim precaution. Regulation made application of the electronic engine immobilizer, a simple and low-cost anti-theft device, mandatory for all new cars sold within the European Union as of 1998. We exploit the regulation as source of exogenous variation in use of the device by year of manufacture of cars. Based on detailed data at the level of car models, we find that uniform application of the security device reduced the probability of car theft by an estimated 50 percent on average in the Netherlands during 1995-2008, accounting for both the protective effect on cars with the device and the displacement effect on cars without the device. The costs per prevented theft equal some 1,500 Euro; a fraction of the social benefits of a prevented car theft.
Subjects: 
car theft
government regulation
crime
victim precaution
JEL: 
H11
H23
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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