The Phenomenology of Specialization of CriminalSuspects

Rosario Nunzio Mantegna, Michele Tumminello, Fredrik Liljeros, Rosario N. Mantegna, Christofer Edling, Michele Tumminello, Jerzy Sarnecki

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Abstract

A criminal career can be either general, with the criminal committing different types of crimes, or specialized, with the criminal committing a specific type of crime. A central problem in the study of crime specialization is to determine, from the perspective of the criminal, which crimes should be considered similar and which crimes should be considered distinct. We study a large set of Swedish suspects to empirically investigate generalist and specialist behavior in crime. We show that there is a large group of suspects who can be described as generalists. At the same time, we observe a non-trivial pattern ofspecialization across age and gender of suspects. Women are less prone to commit crimes of certain types, and, for instance, are more prone to specialize in crimes related to fraud. We also find evidence of temporal specialization of suspects. Older persons are more specialized than younger ones, and some crime types are preferentially committed by suspects of different ages.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine8
RivistaPLoS One
Volume8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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