Law Enforcement and Criminality: Europe vs. USA

Demougin, Dominique ; Schwager, Robert

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-5995
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1999
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: K0 H3 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Europa , USA , Kriminalität , Soziales System
Abstract: We use a stylized model to show that, if transfers to the poor are founded on a security argument, there is a negative trade-off between law enforcement expenditures and criminality. In contrast, if transfers are based on altruism, the correlation between the same variables may appear positive. We argue that it provides a plausible explanation for the startling difference between the US and Europe in crime statistics and law enforcement expenditures.
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