DP14850 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, Quasi-experiments
JEL(s): K42
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, Public Economics
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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.