Crime and Social Sanction
AbstractSocial sanctions may be a strong deterrent of crime. This paper presents a formal model that relates crime and social sanction to social interaction density. We empirically test the theoretical predictions using a provincial level panel dataset on di erent crimes in Italy between 1996 and 2003. We exploit detailed demographic and geo-morphological information to develop exogenous measures of social interaction density. We estimate a spatial panel model by means of a GMM procedure and we nd that provinces with denser social interactions display significantly and substantially lower rates of property crime, but not of violent crime.
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Date of creation: Mar 2008
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Crime; Spatial Panel; Social Interaction; Social Sanction;
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- A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
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- NEP-ALL-2008-04-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAW-2008-04-15 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-04-15 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2008-04-15 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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