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Title: Determinants of the Violent Criminal Behavior of Teenagers
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1. Gius, Mark Paul
Determinants of the Violent Criminal Behavior of Teenagers
Atlantic Economic Journal 34,4 (2006): 511-512.
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: International Atlantic Economic Society
Keyword(s): Crime; Family Influences; Modeling, Probit; Parental Influences; Peers/Peer influence/Peer relations; Teenagers

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Recent research conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Columbia University has shown that children who frequently have dinner with their families are much less likely to smoke, drink, or use illicit drugs (Connecticut Post, 2005). An interesting extension of this research would be to determine if family influences have any effect on the propensity of teenagers to commit crimes.

Assuming an individual is a non-adult teenager (ages 12-17), earns no income, and the criminal act is non-monetary in nature, one may model criminal behavior as a utility-maximizing problem. A teenager would attempt to maximize his or her utility by allocating his or her time between criminal and non-criminal activities. The constraint would be total time in a given day. It is assumed that parental and peer influences will affect a teenager's propensity to commit a criminal act. If all influences are positive in nature, then all time is spent pursuing non-criminal activities, since criminal activities are viewed as bads and not goods. If, however, the influences are negative in nature, then the individual would engage in criminal activities, since both criminal activities and leisure would be viewed as goods.

Bibliography Citation
Gius, Mark Paul. "Determinants of the Violent Criminal Behavior of Teenagers." Atlantic Economic Journal 34,4 (2006): 511-512.