FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro"
2010.059
Date: 2012

Juvenile Delinquency and Conformism


Authors: Eleonora Patacchini, Yves Zenou
Type: Journal
JEL n.: A14, C21, D85, K42, Z13
JEL: Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization
Pages: Volume 28, No. 1, Pages 1-31
Keywords: Social Networks, Linear-in-means Model, Spatial Autoregressive Model, Social Norms

Abstract

This paper 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 dataset 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 not only be measured by the possible crime reduction it implies but also by the group interactions it engenders.

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Suggested citation: Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou, Juvenile Delinquency and Conformism, Jnl. of Law, Economics, and Organization Volume 28, Issue 1, Pp. 1-31, http://jleo.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/1/1

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