School Starting Age and the Crime-Age Profile
61 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015
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
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