How to Organize Crime
|Abstract:||In criminal organizations, diffusing information widely throughout the organization might lead to greater internal efficiency (in particular, since these organizations are self-sustaining, through facilitating cooperation). However, this may come at a cost of leaving the organization more vulnerable to external threats such as law enforcement. We consider the implications of this trade-off and we characterize the optimal information structure, rationalizing both hierarchical and cell-based forms. Then, we focus on the role of the external authority, characterize optimal detection strategies and discuss the implications of different forms of enforcement on the internal structure of the organization. Finally, we discuss a number of applications and extensions.|
|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers|
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