The Effect of Education Policy on Crime: An Intergenerational Perspective

59 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2011

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Costas Meghir

Yale University; Yale University - Cowles Foundation; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marten Palme

Stockholm University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marieke Schnabel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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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

JEL Classification: I20, I21, I28, K42, N34

Suggested Citation

Meghir, Costas and Palme, Marten and Schnabel, Marieke, The Effect of Education Policy on Crime: An Intergenerational Perspective. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6142, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1968093

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