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Title: The credibility revolution in the empirical analysis of crime

Author(s): Paolo Pinotti

Publication Date: June 2020

Keyword(s): Economics of crime, identification, Measurement error and Quasi-experiments

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics and Public Economics

Abstract: I review recent developments in the economic analysis of crime, focusing in particular on organized crime and corruption. I first discuss the main challenges to the empirical identification of causal relationships -- namely, measurement error due to endogenous reporting of crime and the fact that randomized controlled trials are rarely an option when studying crime. I then discuss recent advancements made possible by the combination of detailed micro-data and quasi-experimental methods.

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Pinotti, P. 2020. 'The credibility revolution in the empirical analysis of crime'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.