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Social Inclusion and Altruism: Preferences for Juvenile Rehabilitation Programs

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  • Martina Menon

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    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Federico Perali

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    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Marcella Veronesi

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    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

Abstract

This study investigates the extent to which individuals care about the social inclusion of children involved in antisocial activities and crimes, and what factors affect their preferences for the rehabilitation programs of juvenile offenders. Our analysis is based on a contingent valuation survey of a large sample of 1,027 Italian households representative of Veneto and Sicily. The marked north-south cultural and socio-economic differences between the two regions under the same criminal justice system make this analysis an interesting experimental case study. We find that differences in preferences for social inclusion of young offenders and in the willingness to pay for rehabilitation programs are explained not only by socio-economic characteristics but also by altruistic motives. Preferences for social inclusion are mainly driven by parental altruism and concern about crime risk in Veneto, and by non-parental altruism and socio-economic characteristics in Sicily.

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Paper provided by University of Verona, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 18/2013.

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Keywords: Juvenile crime; Social inclusion; Altruism; Rehabilitation; Contingent valuation; Willingness to pay;

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