Does globalisation affect crime? theory and evidence

Ghosh, Arghya, Robertson, Peter E. and Robitaille, Marie-Claire (2016) Does globalisation affect crime? theory and evidence. The World Economy, 39 (10). pp. 1482-1513. ISSN 0378-5920

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Globalization skeptics argue that trade liberalization has high social costs, including an increase in expropriative behavior such as civil-conflict, coercion of labor and crime. We show that a theoretical relationship between trade and expropriation exists, but the sign differs for developed and developing economies. We verify this empirically using data on crime rates. Specifically we find trade liberalization,as measured by both higher openness and lower import duty rates, tends to increase burglaries and theft in very labor abundant countries. For other countries, however,we find that trade liberalization has either a small negative effect on crime,or no effect, depending on the country’s capital abundance.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ghosh, A., Robertson, P., & Robitaille, M. (2016). Does Globalisation Affect Crime? Theory and Evidence. World Economy, 39(10), 1482-1513., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Keywords: Expropriation; International trade; Globalization; Crime
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: QIU, Lulu
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 08:52
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:18

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