Mafia infiltration in legal economy

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Organised crime ensues from a financial, but also productive, logic. Still, the latter is often underestimated. Currency plays an essential role in the relations between legal economy and illegal economy. Theoretical reflection allows to compare money laundering to two other mafia practices, directly linked with money : usury and racketeering, and to consider them as complementary. Therefore, maximisation of money’s purchasing power represents a central stake for the mafia. The systematic uncertainty generated by Mafia infiltration into legal economy determines the preference for money of non-Mafia agents. At a theoretical level, the marginal utility then appears to differ for mafia and non-Mafia agents. –Summary AFRI-2003