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Peaceable Kingdoms and War Zones: Preemption, Ballistics, and Murder in Newark

Peaceable Kingdoms and War Zones: Preemption, Ballistics, and Murder in Newark

Chapter:
(p.305) 9 Peaceable Kingdoms and War Zones: Preemption, Ballistics, and Murder in Newark
Source:
The Economics of Crime
Author(s):
Brendan O'FlahertyRajiv Sethi
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226153766.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the industrial organization of violence and describes that one of the hallmarks of the economics of crime is that it has produced a considerable body of work assigning rational motives to criminals but less work where the focus of the analysis is the use of rational strategies by these actors. This is paradoxical as it is difficult to believe that criminals make a rational, informed choice when they decide to become criminals. One approach is to go inside gangs and other criminal organizations to gather some of these data. The chapter discusses an alternative research approach, which is broadly undertaken to deduce aspects of these criminal strategies through the type of criminal acts undertaken. A basic finding is that areas with high murder respond more to changes in fundamentals such as the arrest rate and a shrinking police force, than those with low murder rates.

Keywords:   violence, crime, criminals, criminal organizations, police force, murder, Newark

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