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Delinquent Networks

Coralio Ballester (), Antoni Calvó-Armengol and Yves Zenou ()

No 4122, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Delinquents are embedded in a network of relationships. Social ties among delinquents are modeled by means of a graph where delinquents compete for a booty and benefit from local interactions with their neighbors. Each delinquent decides in a non-cooperative way how much delinquency effort he will exert. Using the network model developed by Ballester et al. (2006), we characterize the Nash equilibrium and derive an optimal enforcement policy, called the key-player policy, which targets the delinquent who, once removed, leads to the highest aggregate delinquency reduction. We then extend our characterization of optimal single player network removal for delinquency reduction, the key player, to optimal group removal, the key group. We also characterize and derive a policy that targets links rather than players. Finally, we endogenize the network connecting delinquents by allowing players to join the labor market instead of committing delinquent offenses. The key-player policy turns out to be much more complex since it depends on wages and on the structure of the network.

Keywords: key group; delinquency decision; social networks; NP-hard problem; crime policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 C72 K42 L14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
Date: 2009-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gth, nep-ltv, nep-net, nep-soc and nep-ure
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Published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, 8 (1), 34-61

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