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Title:Catholic Schools and Bad Behavior PDF Logo
Authors:Tekin, Erdal
Scafidi, Benjamin
Mocan, H. Naci
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 599
Abstract:Although there is a sizeable literature of the effect of private school attendance on academic student outcomes, there is a dearth of studies of the impact of school sector on nonacademic outcomes. Using a rich data set, we analyze the impact of Catholic school attendance on the likelihood that teens use or sell drugs, commit property crime, have sex, join gangs, attempt suicide, and run away from home. Controlling for a host of personal and family background characteristics and adjusting for the endogeneity of sector choice, we cannot find evidence that Catholic schooling leads to a lower incidence of these risky behaviors among teenagers.
Subjects:Catholic school
crime
bad behavior
JEL:I2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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