Title page for ETD etd-05152011-212114

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Altindag, Duha T.
Author's Email Address daltin2@lsu.edu
URN etd-05152011-212114
Title Essays on the Economics of Crime
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mocan, Naci Committee Chair
Gittings, Kaj Committee Member
Newman, Robert Committee Member
Unel, Bulent Committee Member
Sundar, Padmanaban Dean's Representative
  • concealed weapon laws
  • shall-issue laws
  • hand guns
  • unemployment
  • crime
  • instrumental variables
  • earthquakes
  • industrial accidents
  • international tourism
Date of Defense 2011-04-26
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation includes three essays on the application of economics to various aspects of crime and criminal activity. The research presented in this dissertation points out a cause and a consequence of crime as well as the possible influence of a law on criminal activity. The first chapter provides an introduction to the ways that economic reasoning can be used to analyze criminal activity. The second chapter examines individuals' gun carrying activity in the presence of concealed weapon laws. The results suggest that allowing law-abiding individuals to carry concealed handguns is more likely to reduce crime than to increase it. Chapter 3 investigates the effect of joblessness on criminal activity using an international panel data set. The results indicate that increase in unemployment causes more property crimes. The fourth chapter presents evidence for the existence of a negative externality of crime. Countries that have higher crime rates suffer from the loss of international tourists and tourism revenue. Chapter 5 summarizes the findings of the dissertation, provides concluding remarks, and discusses opportunities for future research in the economics of crime.
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