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|Title:||Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: The Market for Lemons|
|Organization:||Dept of Economics, University of Gothenburg|
|Series/Report no.:||Working Papers in Economics|
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|Abstract:||Since its first appearance in the late 1800s, the origins of the Sicilian mafia have remained a largely unresolved mystery. Both institutional and historical explanations have been proposed in the literature through the years. In this paper, we develop an argument for a market structure-hypothesis, contending that mafia arose in towns where firms made unusually high profits due to imperfect competition. We identify the produc tion of citrus fruits as a sector with very high international dem... more|
|Appears in Collections:||Working papers|
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