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If you are looking for "true crime" this tome does not focus on drug cartels, international slavery or other titilating gangster stuff. It focuses on criminal behavior, though perhaps more mundane, that is no less valuable to the reader. The primary contribution that Fisman and Miguel make to our understanding of crimnal behavior is that related to economic development. Research-based remedies for skimming money off of road construction projects for example is very interesting.
If you have a general interest in crime in its various aspects, this book will be helpful. If you are interested in economic development this book will enlighten. Well written and expertly read by Richard Ferrone, this book provide insights well worth the time applied to it.
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