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School Starting Age and the Crime-Age Profile

Rasmus Landersø (), Helena Nielsen () and Marianne Simonsen ()

No 9279, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper uses register-based data to investigate the effects of school starting age on crime. Through this, we provide insights into the determinants of crime-age profiles. We exploit that Danish children typically start first grade in the calendar year they turn seven, which gives rise to a discontinuity in school starting age for children born around New Year. Our analysis speaks against a simple invariant crime-age profile as is popular in criminology: we find that higher school starting age lowers the propensity to commit crime at young ages. We also find effects on the number of crimes committed for boys.

Keywords: criminal charges; school start; old-for-grade; violence; property crime (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 61 pages
Date: 2015-08
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Published in: Economic Journal, 2017, 127, 1096-1118

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