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Youth Crime and Education Expansion


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Machin, S., Marie, O. and Vujić, S., 2012. Youth Crime and Education Expansion. Discussion Paper. Bonn, Germany: IZA Institute for the Study of Labor.

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Abstract

We present new evidence on the causal impact of education on crime, by considering a large expansion of the UK post-compulsory education system that occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The education expansion raised education levels across the whole education distribution and, in particular for our analysis, at the bottom end enabling us to develop an instrumental variable strategy to study the crime-education relationship. At the same time as the education expansion, youth crime fell, revealing a significant cross-cohort relationship between crime and education. The causal crime reducing effect of education is estimated to be negative and significant, and considerably bigger in (absolute) magnitude than ordinary least squares estimates. The education boost also significantly impacted other productivity related economic variables (qualification attainment and wages), demonstrating that the incapacitation effect of additional time spent in school is not the sole driver of the results.

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Item Type Reports/Papers (Discussion Paper)
CreatorsMachin, S., Marie, O. and Vujić, S.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
StatusPublished
ID Code30235
Additional InformationID number: IZA DP No. 6582

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