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Juvenile Delinquency and Conformism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Univ Roma La Sapienza, Fac Sci Stat, I-00185 Rome, Italy .
2012 (English)In: Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, ISSN 8756-6222, E-ISSN 1465-7341, Vol. 28, no 1, 1-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies whether conformism behavior affects individual outcomes in crime. We present a social network model of peer effects with ex ante heterogeneous agents and show how conformism and deterrence affect criminal activities. We then bring the model to the data by using a very detailed data set of adolescent friendship networks. A novel social network-based empirical strategy allows us to identify peer effects for different types of crimes. We find that conformity plays an important role for all crimes, especially for petty crimes. This suggests that, for juvenile crime, an effective policy should be measured not only by the possible crime reduction it implies but also by the group interactions it engenders.

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2012. Vol. 28, no 1, 1-31 p.
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WEAK TIES, SOCIAL NETWORKS, CRIME, IDENTIFICATION, UNEMPLOYMENT, PUNISHMENT, INEQUALITY, SACRIFICE, EDUCATION, STRENGTH
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Economics Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53645DOI: 10.1093/jleo/ewp038ISI: 000300438400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-53645DiVA: diva2:391078
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Available from: 2011-01-24 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved

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