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Modern Maritime Piracy

  • Paul Hallwood

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Thomas J. Miceli

    (University of Connecticut)

This essay provides and economic analysis of the problem of modern-day maritime piracy. The essay first reviews the current scope of the problem, and then develops an economic of model of piracy that emphasizes the strategic interaction between the efforts of pirates to locate potential targets, and shippers to avoid contact. The model provides the basis for deriving an optimal enforcement policy, which is then compared to actual enforcement efforts, which, for a variety of reasons, have largely been ineffectual. The essay concludes by reviewing the law of maritime piracy and by offering some proposals for improving enforcement.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2014-01.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2014-01
Note: Forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Jurgen Backhaus, ed.
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