Social networks and crime decisions: the role of social structure in facilitating delinquent behavior

Antoni Calvó-Armengol, Yves Zenou

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Abstract

Delinquents compete with each other in criminal activities but benefit from being friends with other criminals by learning and acquiring proper know-how on the crime business. We study the subgame-perfect Nash equilibrium of this game in which individuals decide first to work or to become a criminal and then the crime effort provided if criminals. We show that multiple equilibria with different numbers of active criminals and levels of involvement in crime activities may coexist and are only driven by the geometry of the pattern of links connecting criminals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-958
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Economic Review
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

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