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QoG lunchseminarium med Davide Luca och Paola Proietti

Samhälle & ekonomi

QoG-institutet arrangerar regelbundet seminarier på temat samhällsstyrningens kvalitet samt korruptionens orsaker och konsekvenser. På denna veckas QoG lunchseminarie presenterar Davide Luca och Paola Proietti sitt prisvinnande papper "Hosting to skim. Organized crime and the reception of asylum seekers in Italy". Med detta papper vann Davide Luca och Paola Proietti QoG-institutets Best Paper Award 2019.

9 dec 2020
11:30 - 13:00
DIgitalt via zoom

Davide Luca, Research Associate, University of Cambridge and Paola Proietti, PhD student, School of Advanced Studies, Gran Sasso Science Institute
The Quality of Government Institute


"Hosting to skim. Organized crime and the reception of asylum seekers in Italy"


Political crises and conflicts are pushing millions of asylum seekers to move in search of international protection. This paper investigates the link between organized crime and Italy’s publicly-funded asylum seekers’ reception centers. We gather municipal data on the location of reception centers and mafia activities. We exploit exogenous variation at municipal level to instrument mafia intensity, and provide robust evidence of how the presence of mafia affects the likelihood of hosting a reception center. Statistical evidence and in–depth expert interviews suggest that organized crime is correlated to the use of less transparent procedures in the tenders for the set-up of such centres.