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Extortion as an obstacle to economic growth: A dynamic game analysis

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  • H. Dawid, G. Feichtinger, A. Novak

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In this paper we use a differential game analysis to study the dynamic strategic interaction between a criminal gang extorting money from local shop- owners and the police force. In particular, we are interested in characterizing which factors are important in determining whether the capital stock of local shop-owners keeps growing in spite of extortion or the criminal activity leads to a phase of stagnation of the local economy. A Markov perfect equilibrium of the game is characterized in order to address this question and several policy implications are derived to facilitate growth in regions affected by extortion.

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  • H. Dawid, G. Feichtinger, A. Novak, 2001. "Extortion as an obstacle to economic growth: A dynamic game analysis," Computing in Economics and Finance 2001 157, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf1:157
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    Keywords

    Extortion; Differential games; capital accumulation;

    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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