Relational Goods at Work! Crime and Sport Participation in Italy: Evidence from Panel Data Regional Analysis Over the Period 1997-2003
22 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 13, 2010
What is the impact of sport participation on a society? The aim of this paper is tackling this point by studying whether or not there is a relationship between sport participation and crime. A panel dataset have been constructed for the twenty Italian regions over the period 1997-2003. Results show that: (i) there is a robust negative association between sport participation and property crime; (ii) There is a robust negative association between sport participation and juvenile crime; (iii) There is a positive association between sport participation and violent crime, but it is only weakly significant. Interestingly, there is also a complementary effect between education and sport participation on crime.
Keywords: Sport Participation, Pro-Social Behaviour, Crime, Relational Goods, Kenneth Moulding, Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities
JEL Classification: L83, D62
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