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Determinants of joblessness during the economic crisis: the impact of criminality in the Italian labour market

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  • Silvia Fedeli
  • Vito Mariella
  • Marco Onofri

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On the basis of a newly built regional panel data set that considers, not only the evolution of employment in the Italian regions, but also indicators of counterfeiting activities and criminality, we empirically explore the link between employment performance and criminality during the period of a deep economic and financial crisis. We consider both unemployment and inactivity rates in order to check whether and to what extent, in a period of widely recognized economic crisis, criminal activities of counterfeit and other forms of crime have affected the labour market. We present results of GMM regressions showing a positive/peculiar effect of criminal activities on both the components of joblessness.

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  • Silvia Fedeli & Vito Mariella & Marco Onofri, 2016. "Determinants of joblessness during the economic crisis: the impact of criminality in the Italian labour market," Working Papers in Public Economics 176, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Economics and Law.
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    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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