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Illegal to punish or punish the illegals: Which way should Ukraine and Moldova choose?

Lundgren, Ted (2008): Illegal to punish or punish the illegals: Which way should Ukraine and Moldova choose? Published in: Revista Sciintifica “Studii Economice" No. 1-2 (June 2008): pp. 87-97.

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Abstract

A government seeks to minimise the maximum expected utility of migrants and smugglers, but has to do this under constraints. It is argued that a vote maximising government should choose policies based on the relative weight of the introduced lobby utility function, which acts as a constraint. The model allows for calculation of simplified but optimal punishments, however this would require information about country-specific parameters. The model setting assumes that there is almost perfect competition between the facilitators (people smugglers).

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