(Friday, 22nd May 2020)
Title : Governance of criminal markets
There is a growing literature on the role of mafias and prison gangs in ordering criminal markets. They reduce violence by setting rules, enforcing contracts and resolving disputes in the criminal underworld and raise demand for illegal goods and services by protecting customers from criminal opportunism. This talk focuses on transactions across the legal / extra-legal boundary and the role of special risk insurers at Lloyd’s of London. I demonstrate how insurers created institutions to simultaneously inhibit and facilitate the trade in human hostages to make kidnap insurance an attractive and profitable product.