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Crime and Social Sanction

  • Paolo Buonanno


    (University of Bergamo)

  • Giacomo Pasini


    (University of Utrecht)

  • Paolo Vanin


    (University of Padova)

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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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno" in its series "Marco Fanno" Working Papers with number 0071.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pad:wpaper:0071
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