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Determinants of anti-trafficking policies: evidence from a new index

Cho, Seo-Young, Dreher, Axel and Neumayer, Eric ORCID: 0000-0003-2719-7563 (2014) Determinants of anti-trafficking policies: evidence from a new index. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 116 (2). pp. 429-454. ISSN 0347-0520

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Identification Number: 10.1111/sjoe.12055


We develop an index measuring the three main dimensions - prosecution, protection, and prevention - of the anti-trafficking policies of the governments of up to 180 countries over the 2000-2010 period. Overall, developed countries perform better than the rest of the world; compliance with prosecution policy is highest, while governmental efforts to protect victims of human trafficking remain weakest. We employ the new indices to investigate which factors determine anti-trafficking policies. We find that compliance with anti-trafficking policies significantly decreases with corruption and is higher in countries that also respect the rights of women. We also find some tentative evidence for spatial dependence in anti-trafficking policies.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The editors of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 09:52
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2024 00:12
Projects: JLS/2009/ISEC/AG/005
Funders: European Commission

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