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Education and crime: evidence from Italian regions

Paolo Buonanno and Leone Leonida ()

No 503, Working Papers (-2012) from University of Bergamo, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of education on criminal activity in Italy. We propose a theoretical framework to determine the effects of education and past incidence of crime on criminal activity, and we test its predictions using annual data for the twenty Italian regions over the period 1980-1995. The results show that education is negatively correlated with delinquency and that crime rates display persistence over time. Our results are robust to model specifications and endogeneity.

Keywords: Crime; Education; Panel Data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 J24 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2005-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-geo, nep-hrm, nep-law, nep-soc and nep-ure
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Published in Applied Economics Letters, September 2006, pages 709-713

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