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Crime and sport participation: Evidence from Italian regions over the period 1997–2003

  • Caruso, Raul

What is the impact of sport participation on society? This paper is tackling this 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. 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. Interestingly, there is a complementary effect between education and sport participation on crime.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 455-463

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