Crime, Economic Conditions, Social Interactions and Family Heritage
9 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2009 Last revised: 23 Jan 2014
Date Written: July 21, 2009
This paper tests whether factors referring to socio-economic aspects, family heritage, social interaction, habits and customs explain differences among violent and non-violent prisoners. Some of the results of the probit estimation show that economic issues are the main factors that stimulate the practice of non-violent crime. On the other hand, violent crimes results suggest that factors related to family heritage reduce this kind of crime. In relation to variables of social interaction, prisoners who were brought up in a good neighborhood have a lower probability of committing violent crimes.
Keywords: Violent crimes, Economic factors, Social interaction, Family heritage
JEL Classification: K4, C35, I12, Z12
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