School Starting Age and the Crime-Age Profile

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Rasmus Landersø

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit

Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

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Abstract

This paper uses register-based data to investigate the effects of school starting age on crime. Through this, we provide insights into the determinants of crime-age profiles. We exploit that Danish children typically start first grade in the calendar year they turn seven, which gives rise to a discontinuity in school starting age for children born around New Year. Our analysis speaks against a simple invariant crime-age profile as is popular in criminology: we find that higher school starting age lowers the propensity to commit crime at young ages. We also find effects on the number of crimes committed for boys.

Keywords: criminal charges, school start, old-for-grade, violence, property crime

JEL Classification: I21, K42

Suggested Citation

Landersø, Rasmus and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne, School Starting Age and the Crime-Age Profile. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9279, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2655319

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Helena Skyt Nielsen

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