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The crime reducing effect of education

Machin, Stephen, Marie, Olivier and Vujić, Sunčica (2011) The crime reducing effect of education. The Economic Journal, 121 (552). pp. 463-484. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02430.x


In this article, we study the crime reducing potential of education, presenting causal statistical estimates based upon a law that changed the compulsory school leaving age in England and Wales. We frame the analysis in a regression-discontinuity setting and uncover significant decreases in property crime from reductions in the proportion of people with no educational qualifications and increases in the age of leaving school that resulted from the change in the law. The findings show that improving education can yield significant social benefits and can be a key policy tool in the drive to reduce crime.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Royal Economic Society
Divisions: Management
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 14:19
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2024 00:06

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