Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203196
Authors: 
Cingl, Lubomir
Korbel, Vaclav
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IES Working Paper 18/2018
Abstract: 
This paper reports on a lab-in-the-field experiment that investigates differences in rule-violating behavior between the inmates of juvenile detention centers and regular adolescents from primary schools of similar age in response to three specific contexts: (i) when they interact with ingroup and outgroup members, (ii) when they are exposed to an unfair economic situation and (iii) when the rule-violating behavior is exposed to others. Our results show substantial similarities between the delinquents and non-problematic adolescents. Even though the juvenile delinquents violate rules more, we find no evidence of ingroup favoritism. Moreover, both groups care similarly about their social image and do not violate rules substantially more after the unfair treatment. Our findings thus show that juvenile delinquents are not inherently different from non-problematic adolescents and highlight the importance of social values for successful resocialization.
Subjects: 
delinquency
adolescence
rule-violation
experiment
random allocation game
JEL: 
C93
I21
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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