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Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Crime and Networks: Ten Policy Lessons

Journal Article
Lindquist, Matthew J. and Yves Zenou (2019). “Crime and Networks: Ten Policy Lessons”. Oxford Review of Economic Policy 35(4), 746–771.

Matthew J. Lindquist, Yves Zenou

Social network analysis can help us understand the root causes of delinquent behaviour and crime and provide practical guidance for the design of crime prevention policies. To illustrate these points, we first present a selective review of several key network studies and findings from the criminology and police studies literature. We then turn to a presentation of recent contributions made by network economists. We highlight ten policy lessons and provide a discussion of recent developments in the use of big data and computer technology.