The Effect of Education Policy on Crime: An Intergenerational Perspective

57 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2012 Last revised: 30 Jan 2021

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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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Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

The intergenerational transmission of human capital and the extent to which policy interventions can affect it is an issue of importance. Policies are often evaluated on either short term outcomes or just in terms of their effect on individuals directly targeted. If such policies shift outcomes across generations their benefits may be much larger than originally thought. We provide evidence on the intergenerational impact of policy by showing that educational reform in Sweden reduced crime rates of the targeted generation and their children by comparable amounts. We attribute these outcomes to improved family resources and to better parenting.

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Meghir, Costas and Palme, Marten and Schnabel, Marieke, The Effect of Education Policy on Crime: An Intergenerational Perspective (June 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18145, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2085133

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