Measuring the presence of organized crime across Italian provinces: a sensitivity analysis

Giovanni Bernardo, Irene Brunetti, MEHMET PINAR*, Thanasis Stengos

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Abstract

The existing literature identifies different indicators to construct organized crime indices and places equal importance to different concepts of organized crime. This paper examines the sensitivity of organized crime across Italian provinces when different set of indicators and weights are used to combine crime indicators. Our findings suggest that there is a remarkable variation in the distribution of organized crime across Italian provinces based on the choice of indicators and the importance given to different crime indicators. It is also found that the relationship of organized crime with socioeconomic and political factors varies depending on the normative choices made in the construction of an organized crime index.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Law and Economics
Early online date30 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Organized crime
  • Composite index
  • Italian provinces
  • Mafia
  • Stochastic dominance

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