Using spatial analysis for monitoring fraud in a public delivery program

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In this article, fraud in public delivery programs is approached using spatial analysis. By examining welfare recipients' consumer behaviors in a spatial framework, it is possible to identify stores that draw an anomalous clientele, such as those who travel long distances and avoid stores in their local area, indicating that these stores may be committing fraud. This article shows how this idea can be operationalized for monitoring fraud to secure public accountability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-301
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Spatial analysis
  • Store choices
  • Vendor propensity measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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