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Can Community Crime Monitoring Reduce Student Absenteeism?

Sarah Komisarow () and Robert Gonzalez
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Sarah Komisarow: Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Education Finance and Policy, 2023, vol. 18, issue 2, 319-350

Abstract: In this paper we study the impact on student absenteeism of a large, school-based community crime monitoring program that employed local community members to monitor and report crime on designated city blocks during times when students traveled to and from school. We find that the program resulted in a 0.58 percentage point (8.5 percent) reduction in the elementary school-level absence rate in the years following initial implementation. We discuss and explore potential channels to explain this and believe our results are most consistent with improved neighborhood conditions in the form of reduced crime as an underlying mechanism.

Date: 2023
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