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Determinants of Joblessness During the Economic Crisis: Impact of Criminality in the Italian Labour Market

Silvia Fedeli (), Vitantonio Mariella () and Marco Onofri ()
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Silvia Fedeli: Sapienza – University of Rome
Vitantonio Mariella: Sapienza – University of Rome
Marco Onofri: Sapienza – University of Rome

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2018, vol. 139, issue 2, 559-588

Abstract: Abstract On the basis of a newly built regional panel data set that considers both the evolution of employment indicators in the Italian regions and indicators of counterfeiting activities and criminality, we empirically explore the link between joblessness and criminality. During the period of a deep economic and financial crisis we observed that, unexpectedly, unemployment and inactivity rates rise together. The paper studies whether and to what extent, in the considered period, criminal activities of counterfeit and other forms of crime have affected unemployment and inactivity rate. We present results of GMM regressions showing a positive/peculiar effect of criminal activities on both the components of joblessness.

Keywords: Inactivity rate; Unemployment rate; Criminality; Counterfeit; Joblessness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 E26 J6 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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