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Organized Crime Networks: an Application of Network Analysis Techniques to the American Mafia

Mastrobuoni, Giovanni and Patacchini, Eleonora (2012) 'Organized Crime Networks: an Application of Network Analysis Techniques to the American Mafia.' Review of Network Economics, 11 (3). ISSN 2194-5993

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Using a unique data set on criminal profiles of 800 US Mafia members active in the 1950s and 1960s and on their connections within the Cosa Nostra network, we use simple network analysis techniques to document the structure and composition of the geometry of criminal ties between mobsters. The use of different network centrality measures allows us to collect evidence in line with so far only conjectured views on the functioning of the Mafia. In particular, we shed light on the extent to which family relationships, community roots and ties, legal and illegal activities predict the criminal ranking of the "men of honor," suggesting the main characteristics that can be used to detect criminal leaders. Our results are remarkably in line with the evidence that mafia organizations tend to be extremely hierarchical. © 2012 De Gruyter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: network centrality indices; intermarriage; assortative matching; crime
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2013 11:58
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 22:01

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