School Starting Age and the Crime‐Age Profile

23 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2017

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Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Rasmus Landersø

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit

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Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

This article 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.

Suggested Citation

Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne and Landersø, Rasmus, School Starting Age and the Crime‐Age Profile (June 2017). The Economic Journal, Vol. 127, Issue 602, pp. 1096-1118, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2984362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12325

Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Rasmus Landersø (Contact Author)

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