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Fondements économiques d'une politique de sécurité : l'exemple du risque de criminalité


  • Lorenzi, Jean-Hervé


  • Pelletan, Jacques


This thesis aims at laying down the theoric foundations for a politics of security and at applying them to the case of crime. For that goal the concept of security will be granted an economic status as a capability according to Sen, for which an axiomatic is proposed. From this work, a security « demand curve » will be shaped. It will rely on two components : public institutions estimations, and private individual request for security, for which a model is proposed up from the Kahneman and Tversky Prospect Theory. Then, the case of crime will be focused on. After a historical overview, a security « supply curve » will be drawn, based on a time allocation model between legal and illegal activities. At that stage, the security “demand” et “supply” curves will be crossed and some theorical conclusions will be drawn. Secondly a practical application will be led to evaluate how to allocate public resources - teaching and policing programs - in the poorer neighborhoods named “Zones Urbaines Sensibles” according to the French definition.

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  • Pelletan, Jacques, 2008. "Fondements économiques d'une politique de sécurité : l'exemple du risque de criminalité," Economics Thesis from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University, number 123456789/97 edited by Lorenzi, Jean-Hervé, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:dau:thesis:123456789/97
    Note: dissertation

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    Économie du bien-être; Politique publique; Risque; Crimes et criminels; Biens collectifs; Sécurité;

    JEL classification:

    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics


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