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Economic Conditions, Deterrence and Juvenile Crime: Evidence from Micro Data

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  • H. Naci Mocan
  • Daniel I. Rees

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This article investigates the determinants of criminal activity among juveniles in the United States. It uses a survey of U.S. high school students conducted in 1995, which provides detailed information on offenses; personal, family, and neighborhood characteristics; as well as deterrence measures. The determinants of selling drugs and committing assault, robbery, burglary, and theft are analyzed separately for males and females. The results provide some evidence that juveniles respond to incentives and sanctions. Employment opportunities and policies designed to increase the probability of arrest may be effective tools for reducing juvenile crime. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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  • H. Naci Mocan & Daniel I. Rees, 2005. "Economic Conditions, Deterrence and Juvenile Crime: Evidence from Micro Data," American Law and Economics Review, Oxford University Press, vol. 7(2), pages 319-349.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:7:y:2005:i:2:p:319-349
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