Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114153
Authors: 
Landerso, Rasmus
Nielsen, Helena Skyt
Simonsen, Marianne
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9279
Abstract: 
This paper uses register-based data to investigate the effects of school starting age on crime. Through this, we provide insights into the determinants of crime-age profiles. We exploit that Danish children typically start first grade in the calendar year they turn seven, which gives rise to a discontinuity in school starting age for children born around New Year. Our analysis speaks against a simple invariant crime-age profile as is popular in criminology: we find that higher school starting age lowers the propensity to commit crime at young ages. We also find effects on the number of crimes committed for boys.
Subjects: 
criminal charges
school start
old-for-grade
violence
property crime
JEL: 
I21
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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