Journal Article

Identity theft in the internet age: Evidence from the U.S. states


  • Goel
  • R.
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This paper examines the determinants of identity theft, focusing especially on the influence of internet diffusion. Results, based on panel data across the U.S. states, show that a 10% in increase households with internet access would increase identity theft by about 9%, ceteris paribus. Other noteworthy findings point to states with greater corrupt activity having greater identity theft but greater police employment not having a significant deterrent impact. Dynamic panel regressions results reveal the presence of inertia in identity thefts. Some implications for policy are discussed.

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JEL Classification
K42; L86

Key Words

  • digitalization
  • innovation
  • USA