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Crime and social sanction

  • Paolo Buonanno
  • Giacomo Pasini
  • Paolo Vanin

Social 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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Volume (Year): 91 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 193-218

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