Effects of Government Initiatives on Youth Crime

Posted: 12 Feb 2008

See all articles by Ricardo Sabatés

Ricardo Sabatés

Faculty of Education; Centre for International Education

Leon Feinstein

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)


This paper evaluates the impacts on male juvenile burglary conviction rates of two UK government interventions, the Reducing Burglary Initiative and Educational Maintenance Allowances, only the former of which had crime reduction has an explicit objective. Using difference-in-differences estimation techniques, the paper shows that in areas where both initiatives were introduced convictions for 16 to 18 year olds for burglary fell between 1.1 and 1.5 per 1,000 relative to areas where neither programme was introduced. This is also a much greater crime reduction than for areas that introduced the EMA or the RBI singly. We conclude, therefore, that educational policies can complement direct interventions for crime prevention. These findings also highlight the importance of joined up thinking in policy delivery, i.e. the interconnections between departmental programmes in the delivery of desirable outcomes.

Keywords: Education, Crime, Interventions, Evaluations

JEL Classification: H52, H56

Suggested Citation

Sabatés Aysa, Ricardo and Feinstein, Leon, Effects of Government Initiatives on Youth Crime. Oxford Economic Papers, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091267

Ricardo Sabatés Aysa (Contact Author)

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Leon Feinstein

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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