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Lessons from the Economics of CrimeWhat Reduces Offending?$
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Philip J. Cook, Stephen Machin, Olivier Marie, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019613

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019613.001.0001

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What Works in Reducing Hooliganism?

What Works in Reducing Hooliganism?

(p.131) 6 What Works in Reducing Hooliganism?
Lessons from the Economics of Crime

Mikael Priks

The MIT Press

Hooligan violence plagues many countries. Governments employ police to combat the problem, and while the methods differ, a common feature is that vast resources are spent. This chapter reports recent evidence on how different types of policing can mitigate hooliganism. It is argued that discriminative police, such as the use of intelligence units and surveillance cameras, should reduce violence. However, indiscriminate policing, i.e., the use of tear gas or jailing groups of hooligans overnight, can backfire. The reason is that leaders of hooligan organizations may respond by letting the individuals least prone to fight exit and instead focus on smaller but more brutal organizations. I also report evidence from two unique natural experiments where a Swedish police intelligence unit was shut down subsequent to the 9/11 terrorist attack and the 2004 Tsunami catastrophe. It is found that hooligan violence increased significantly during these periods.

Keywords:   Juvenile crime, Recidivism, Regression discontinuity, Bivariate probit

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