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Mafia Firms and Aftermaths

Maria Rosaria Alfano, Claudia Cantabene () and Damiano Bruno Silipo

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Abstract: We use a unique and unexplored dataset to investigate the determinants and effects of mafia firms in Italy. Mafia may use several tools to expand its firms. However, in this paper, we show that they prefer political corruption to violence to expand mafia firms. In particular, they use the latter more to build up their reputation in new established regions. Mafia firms hamper entrepreneurial activity but they can have beneficial effects on unemployment if mafia firms add to not substitute current economic activities. Policy makers should take account of this twofold effects of mafia firms.

Keywords: Organized crime; Mafia firm; Mafia and development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D02 K14 L11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019
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