Understanding Ransom Kidnappings and Their Duration

Claudio Detotto 1 , Bryan C. McCannon 2 ,  and Marco Vannini 1
  • 1 DiSEA, University of Sassari and CRENoS, 34 via Torre Tonda, 07100 Sassari, Italy
  • 2 School of Business, Saint Bonaventure University, Saint Bonaventure, NY 14760, USA
Claudio Detotto, Bryan C. McCannon and Marco Vannini

Abstract

What factors drive the length of a kidnapping experience? A theoretical model is developed to conduct comparative statics. A unique data set covering all kidnappings for ransom in Sardinia between 1960 and 2010 is analyzed. Factors related to the ability to pay and cost of abduction matter. Policies aimed at deterring kidnapping have mixed effects on its duration.

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