Effects of Government Initiatives on Youth Crime

Posted: 2 Jul 2008

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Ricardo Sabates

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Leon Feinstein

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: July 2008

Abstract

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 as 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.

JEL Classification: H52, H56

Suggested Citation

Sabates, Ricardo and Feinstein, Leon, Effects of Government Initiatives on Youth Crime (July 2008). Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 60, Issue 3, pp. 462-483, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1154399 or http://dx.doi.org/gpm038

Ricardo Sabates (Contact Author)

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