The Crime Reducing Effect of Education


Machin, S., Marie, O. and Vujić, S., 2010. The Crime Reducing Effect of Education. Discussion Paper. Maastricht, The Netherlands: Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market.

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    In this paper, we study the crime reducing potential of education, presenting causal statistical estimates based upon a law that changed the compulsory school leaving age in England and Wales. We frame the analysis in a regression-discontinuity setting and uncover significant decreases in property crime from reductions in the proportion of people with no educational qualifications and increases in the age of leaving school that resulted from the change in the law. The findings show that improving education can yield significant social benefits and can be a key policy tool in the drive to reduce crime.


    Item Type Reports/Papers (Discussion Paper)
    CreatorsMachin, S., Marie, O. and Vujić, S.
    Uncontrolled Keywordspoverty, work and justice
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
    Research Centres & Institutes > Institute for Policy Research
    ID Code26095
    Additional InformationROA Research Memorandum Series ID number: ROA-RM-2010/13


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