Law Enforcement and Criminality: Europe Vs. USA
1 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2003 Last revised: 18 Jun 2009
Date Written: 2003
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 eplanation for the startling difference between the US and Europe in crime statistics and law enforcement expenditures.
Keywords: Criminality, Law enforcement, Social system
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