Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149205
Authors: 
Barua, Rashmi
Vidal-Fernández, Marian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10346
Abstract: 
Since the late 1980s, several U.S. states have set minimum academic requirements for high school students to apply for and retain their driving licenses. These laws popularly known as "No Pass No Drive" (NPND), encourage teenagers with a preference for driving to stay in school beyond the minimum dropout age. Using Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrest data, we exploit state, time and cohort variation to show that having an NPND law in place is associated with a significant decrease in arrests due to violent, drug-related and property crime among males between 16 to 18 years of age. We argue that our findings are driven by an increase in education rather than incapacitation and that NPND laws are a relatively low cost policy that generates positive externalities beyond and in addition to the minimum dropout age.
Subjects: 
No Pass No Drive laws
juvenile crime
education
JEL: 
K14
J24
J18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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