Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/201279
Authors: 
Huttunen, Kristiina
Pekkarinen, Tuomas
Uusitalo, Roope
Virtanen, Hanna
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
ETLA Working Papers 64
Abstract: 
We study the effect of post-compulsory education on crime by exploiting a regression discontinuity design generated by admission cut-offs to upper secondary schools in Finland. We combine data on school applications with data on criminal convictions and follow individuals for 10 years. Our results show that successful applicants are less likely to commit crimes during the first five years after admission. Crime is reduced both during and outside the school year, indicating that the channel through which schooling affects crime cannot be explained by incapacitation alone. We find no effect on crime committed after 6 years from admission.
Subjects: 
Crime
Education
School admission
Incapacitation
Human capital
JEL: 
K42
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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