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Endogenous Peer Group Effects on Adolescents’ Crime Reporting Intentions

Agee Mark D. ()
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Agee Mark D.: Department of Economics, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA, 16601, USA

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2021, vol. 21, issue 2, 577-610

Abstract: This paper provides an empirical analysis of the determinants of adolescents’ crime reporting intentions with particular emphasis on the role of social interactions. The empirical strategy extends the discrete choice random utility model to allow preferences to be defined over the expected actions of an individual’s peer group defined by his or her class at school. In this context, students choose whether to report instances of bullying, property theft, or academic cheating they may witness at or around school. Both endogenous and exogenous peer group effects on adolescents’ crime reporting intentions are identified and estimated using a 1620-student dataset. Results lend support to the hypothesis that social interactions play a significant role in shaping adolescents’ decisions to report wrongdoing they may witness. These group influences can strengthen, or temper school policies aimed at encouraging students to take a more active role in reducing school or community crime.

Keywords: discrete choice with social interactions; endogenous group effect; exogenous group effect; bullying; academic cheating; school crime; crime reporting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 C92 D91 H41 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2020-0009

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