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School Indiscipline and Crime

Tony Beatton, Michael P Kidd and Matteo Sandi

No 9526, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: This paper studies the impact of compulsory schooling on in-school violence using individual-level administrative data matching education and criminal records from Queensland. Exploiting a dropout age reform in 2006, it defines a series of regression-discontinuity specifications. While police records show that property and drug offences decrease, education records indicate that in-school violence increases. Effects concentrate among students with prior criminal records and their classmates, with greater exposure to in-school violence leading to increased criminality at older ages. Dropout age reforms may alter the school environment and prior studies that fail to consider in-school behaviour may over-estimate their short-run crime-reducing impact.

Keywords: youth crime; minimum dropout age; school attendance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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