Economic Structure and Vulnerability to Organised Crime: Evidence from Sicily

Andrea Mario Lavezzi, Andrea Mario Lavezzi

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The economic analysis of organised crime suggests that some economic activities areparticularly vulnerable to penetration by criminal organisations. This paper provides an analysis of the structure of the Sicilian economy and shows that, when compared with other Italian regions, it is characterised by a disproportionate presence of such activities. In particular, the economy of Sicily appears characterised by: (i) a large dimension of traditional sectors, such as the Construction sector, which also has a strong territorial specificity; (ii) a large presence of small firms; (iii) a low level of technology; (iii) a large public sector. The joint presence of these features creates fertile soil for the typical activitiesof organised crime, such as extortion and cartel enforcement. Hence, we propose analternative explanation of the persistence of organised crime with respect to explanations based on cultural and social factors.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)198-220
Numero di pagine22
RivistaGlobal Crime
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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