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School indiscipline and crime

Beatton, Tony, Kidd, Michael P. and Sandi, Matteo (2020) School indiscipline and crime. CEP Discussion Papers (1727). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper studies the impact of compulsory schooling on violent behaviour and victimization in school using individual-level administrative data matching education and criminal records from Queensland (Australia). Exploiting a legislative increase in the minimum dropout age in 2006, this study defines a series of regression-discontinuity specifications to show that compulsory schooling reduces crime but increases violent behaviour in school. While police records show that property and drugs offences decrease, education records indicate that violence and victimization in school increase. Thus, prior studies that fail to consider in-school behaviour may over-estimate the short-run crime-reducing impact of compulsory education.

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: L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2021 16:30
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 12:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108475

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