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Atlanta Fed paper on credit and identity theft

This working paper from the Atlanta Fed looks at the phenomenon of identity theft. It says that ultimately society may have to find a level of theft that balances its preference for privacy with its tolerance for transaction fraud.

The quintessential crime of the information age is identity theft, the malicious use of personal identifying data. In this paper we model "identity" and its use in credit transactions. Various types of identity theft occur in equilibrium, including "new account

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