Identity Theft in the Internet Age: Evidence From the U.S. States

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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.


This article was originally published as Rajeev K. Goel, 2019. "Identity theft in the internet age: Evidence from the U.S. states," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 40(2), pages 169-175, March.