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Relational Good at Work! Crime and Sport Participation in Italy. Evidence from Panel Data Regional Analysis over the Period 1997-2003

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  • Raul Caruso

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    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)

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What is the broad impact of sport participation and sport activities in a society? The first aim of this paper is tackling this crucial point by studying whether or not there is a relationship between sport participation and crime. A panel dataset have been constructed for the twenty Italian regions over the period 1997-2003. The impact of spot participation on different type of crimes has been studied. Results show that: (i) there is a robust negative association between sport participation and property crime; (ii) There is a robust negative association between sport participation and juvenile crime; (iii) There is a positive association between sport participation and violent crime, but it is only weakly significant.

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Paper provided by National Centre for Econometric Research in its series NCER Working Paper Series with number 47.

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Date of creation: 13 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:qut:auncer:2009_60

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