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Title:The effect of education policy on crime: An intergenerational perspective PDF Logo
Authors:Meghir, Costas
Palme, Mårten
Schnabel, Marieke
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6142
Abstract:A number of studies have shown that education reforms extending compulsory schooling reduce criminal behavior of those affected by the reform. We consider the effects of a major Swedish educational reform on crime by exploiting its staggered implementation across Sweden. We first show that the reform reduced crime rates for the generation directly affected by the reform. We then show that the benefits extended to the next generation with large reductions in the crime rates of the children of those affected. The effect operates only through the father and points in the direction of improved parenting rather than resources.
Subjects:comprehensive school
economics of crime
returns to education
returns to human capital
JEL:I20
I21
I28
K42
N34
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2012010913628
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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