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

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Raul Caruso

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: February 13, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Caruso, Raul, Relational Goods at Work! Crime and Sport Participation in Italy: Evidence from Panel Data Regional Analysis Over the Period 1997-2003 (February 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552347 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1552347

Raul Caruso (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

20123 Milano
Italy

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