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IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy
The effect of education policy on crime: an intergenerational perspective
(), Mårten Palme
() and Marieke Schnabel
Abstract: A number of studies have shown that education reforms
extending compulsory schooling reduce criminal behavior of those affected
by the reform. We consider the effects of a major Swedish educational
reform on crime by exploiting its staggered implementation across Sweden.
We first show that the reform reduced crime rates for the generation
directly affected by the reform. We then show that the benefits extended to
the next generation with large reductions in the crime rates of the
children of those affected. The effect operates only through the father and
points in the direction of improved parenting rather than resources.
Keywords: Comprehensive school; economics of crime; returns to education; returns to human capital; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I20; I21; I28; K42; N34; (follow links to similar papers)
57 pages, November 23, 2011
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