Crime Deterrence and Courts Efficiency (An Application to Crimes Against Property in Italy)

44 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2006

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Lucia Dalla Pellegrina

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS)

Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

This paper concentrates on the existence of a causal relationship going from an excessive length of trials to high crime rates. Using data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics in the period 1999-2002, we estimate the impact of the length of criminal trials on the willingness to commit crimes against property, like thefts, robberies, racketeering and swindles in Italy. Estimates of the impact of the average length of trials show a significant positive effect on per-capita crimes against property, validating the hypothesis that criminals are sensitive to the discounting process of the burden of punishment they should bear.

Keywords: Criminal Law, Illegal Behavior, Enforcement of Law

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Dalla Pellegrina, Lucia, Crime Deterrence and Courts Efficiency (An Application to Crimes Against Property in Italy) (April 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921049 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.921049

Lucia Dalla Pellegrina (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) ( email )

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1
Milan, 20126
Italy

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