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Economics Seminar Series - Pierluigi Conzo (Università di Torino)

16 May 2024 12:30 to 13:30
Aula 16 - Caniana
Pierluigi Conzo - Università di Torino
Seminari di dipartimento
Persona di riferimento: 
dott. Marcello Puca,
Strutture interne organizzatrici: 
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

Economics Seminar Series (ESS) - 2023/2024

Interviene: Pierluigi Conzo (Università di Torino)

Titolo: Breaking the waves: The role of anti-mafia experience in prosecutorial efforts against smuggling 

Abstract: This paper investigates the transferability of prosecutorial knowledge from combating organized crime to enhancing the effectiveness of anti-smuggling activities. We focus on Italy's law enforcement shifts in 2014, prompted by the introduction of the Linee Guida by the Italian anti-mafia directorate (DNA) that extended organized-crime contrasting tools to combat migrant smuggling. We examine whether municipalities with prior anti-mafia experience show improved performance in contrasting smuggling. Leveraging differences-in-differences estimates and treatment assignment based on historical organized-crime counteraction, our results reveal that municipalities with a history of organized-crime fighting exhibit a heightened propensity for legal proceedings related to smuggling, increased likelihood of convictions, and proficiency in identifying smuggling leaders. Furthermore, our findings underscore the significant role of cultural and social proximity between the head of DNA, Franco Roberti, and local prosecutors in the successful adoption of anti-smuggling policies. This research contributes nuanced insights into the impact of anti-smuggling policies, emphasizing the pivotal role of prior expertise in organized-crime counteraction and vertical organizational connections for successful policy implementation and outcomes.