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Born on the wrong day? School entry age and juvenile crime

Briggs Depew and Ozkan Eren

Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, vol. 96, issue C, 73-90

Abstract: Kindergarten entry age is known to impact schooling outcomes. Less is known, however, about the role of school starting age on economic outcomes outside of the classroom. In this paper we use administrative data from Louisiana to analyze the effect of school starting age on juvenile crime. We find that late school entry by one year reduces the incidence of juvenile crime for young black females, particularly in high crime areas. The mediating effects of late school entry for this subgroup appear to be driven by reductions in non-felony offenses. We propose age related differences in human capital accumulation as a potential explanation for our findings.

Keywords: Juvenile crime; School starting age; Human capital; Regression Discontinuity Design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 I20 I24 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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