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The Crime Reducing Effect of Education

Stephen Machin (), Olivier Marie () and Sunčica Vujić ()

No 13, ROA Research Memorandum from Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Abstract: In this paper, we study the crime reducing potential of education, presenting causalstatistical estimates based upon a law that changed the compulsory school leaving agein England and Wales. We frame the analysis in a regression-discontinuity setting anduncover significant decreases in property crime from reductions in the proportion ofpeople with no educational qualifications and increases in the age of leaving school thatresulted from the change in the law. The findings show that improving education canyield significant social benefits and can be a key policy tool in the drive to reduce crime.

Keywords: education, training and the labour market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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