Title
The crime reducing effect of educationThe crime reducing effect of education
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Research group
Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
London,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
The economic journal: the quarterly journal / Royal Economic Society [London] - London
Volume/pages
121(2011):552, p. 463-484
ISSN
0013-0133
1468-0297
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
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.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/f34b8c/04c76461.pdf