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Novel Tools for Measurement and Deterrence of Criminal Transactions

The purpose of this project is to quantify the impact of policies to fight different but related criminal activities, such as corruption and prostitution. The project is divided into two parts; the first aim is to analyze the effects of a set of legal tools for deterrence and investigate how these tools should be adapted to different institutional and cultural environments. Specifically, we will focus on legal provisions that incentivize one of the involved parties or innocent witnesses to report a crime. By playing the partners in crime against each other, it may elicit information, greatly facilitate prosecution and generate deterrence at very low cost. Asymmetric punishment can thus be a very powerful tool of law enforcement, but when poorly designed or administered these same policies may become ineffective or even counterproductive. In this project, we estimate the impact of asymmetric prostitution laws – the so called “Nordic model”. We focus on variables that give an idea of the size of the market for sexual services, of the conditions prevailing for the parties involved in this market, and of potential spill-overs on the general population. Moreover, we aim to estimate the cross-border effects of prostitution law changes.

The second part of the project focuses on public procurement and the consequences of administrative centralization on corruption in procurement. In this part, we will focus on the indirect effects that a centralized purchaser causes in the procurement market as well as look into various aspects of centralization of public purchases and its direct and indirect effects on corruption in public procurement based on Russian data.

The project will run from September 2016 to December 2019 with financial support from Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelserna.

For more info, contact Maria Perrotta Berlin, maria.perrotta@hhs.se