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Heterogeneity in criminal behavior after child birth: the role of ethnicity

Dasgupta, Kabir, Diegmann, André, Kirchmaier, Thomas and Plum, Alexander (2020) Heterogeneity in criminal behavior after child birth: the role of ethnicity. CEP Discussion Papers (1732). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper documents behavioral differences in parental criminality between majority and minority ethnic groups after child birth. The particular effect we exploit is that of the gender of the first-born child on fathers’ convictions rates. Based on detailed judicial and demographic data from New Zealand, we first show that the previously documented inverse relationship between having a son and father’s criminal behaviour holds across the average of the population. However, when splitting the fathers’ sample by ethnicity, the effect appears to be entirely driven by the white part of the population and that there is no effect on the native Māori. The strong ethnic divide is observed along many dimensions and challenges the implicitly made assumption in the economics of crime literature that findings are universally applicable across cultures and race.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: https://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/discussion...
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K49 - Other
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2021 14:09
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 12:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108494

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