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Education and criminal behavior: insights from an expansion of upper secondary school
(), Hans Grönqvist
(), Caroline Hall
() and Jonas Vlachos
Abstract: We study the impact on criminal activity from a large
scale Swedish reform of vocational upper secondary education, extending
programs from two to three years and adding more general theoretical
content. The reform directly concerns age groups where criminal activity is
high and students who are highly overrepresented among criminal offenders.
The nature of the reform and the rich administrative data allow us to shed
light on several behavioral mechanisms. Our results show that the prolonged
and more general education lead to a reduction in property crime, but no
significant decrease in violent crime. The effect is mainly concentrated to
the third year after enrollment, which suggests that being in school
reduces the opportunities and/or inclinations to commit crime.
Keywords: Education; delinquency; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: K42; (follow links to similar papers)
49 pages, June 22, 2015
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