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Intimate CrimesKidnapping, Gangs, and Trust in Mexico City$
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Rolando Ochoa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198798460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198798460.001.0001

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Avoiding an Intimate Crime

Avoiding an Intimate Crime

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Intimate Crimes

Rolando Ochoa

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the mechanisms employed by wealthy people to navigate the risk of kidnapping when hiring employees for their family homes. It shows how employers screen for different properties such as discretion and how they use vertical integration as a way to lower the cost and risk of hiring. The focus is specifically on the hiring process of drivers for the household. This is based on the fact that many kidnappings are orchestrated by someone close to the victim. The hiring process is seen as a problem of trust, and—following Spence—is solved through a signaling game, where employers look for hard-to-fake signals.

Keywords:   kidnapping, job market, signaling, trust, crime, Mexico

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