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CentrePiece Article
Metal crime: the impact of prices, policing and policy
Tom Kirchmaier, Stephen Machin, Matteo Sandi and Robert Witt
July 2018
Paper No' CEPCP532:
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CentrePiece 23 (2) Summer 2018


JEL Classification: K42


Tags: metal crime; metal prices; commodity prices

Metal prices are strong drivers of metal crime, according to research by Tom Kirchmaier and colleagues. Their study traces how, over the past ten years, big rises in commodity prices led to a boom in metal crime in the UK, which was followed by a bust as prices fell.

This article summarises ‘Prices, Policing and Policy: The Dynamics of Crime Booms and Busts’ by Tom Kirchmaier, Stephen Machin, Matteo Sandi and Robert Witt, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1535, March 2018.