An Agent-Based Model of Extortion Racketeering

  • Luis G. Nardin
  • Giulia Andrighetto
  • Áron Székely
  • Valentina Punzo
  • Rosaria Conte
Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)


Mafias can be considered as criminal organisations that are in the business of producing, promoting, and selling protection. Here, we describe the Palermo Scenario, an agent-based model of protection rackets aimed to deepen our understanding of protection rackets, and help policymakers to evaluate methods for destabilising them. Additionally, since the system is explicitly specified, we can use it to investigate the entire causal pathway from cause to effect: not only from actions to Mafia destabilisation, but also the intermediate actions along the path and actors’ internal mental representations among the population.


Criminal Organisation Individual Goal Norm Violation Normative Goal Economic Harm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis G. Nardin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Giulia Andrighetto
    • 2
    • 3
  • Áron Székely
    • 4
  • Valentina Punzo
    • 5
  • Rosaria Conte
  1. 1.Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), Italian National Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly
  2. 2.Schuman Centre for Advanced StudiesEuropean University InstituteFiesoleItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italian National Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly
  4. 4.Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italian National Research Council (CNR)RomeItaly
  5. 5.University of PalermoPalermoItaly

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