Catholic Schools and Bad Behavior

39 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2002

See all articles by Naci H. Mocan

Naci H. Mocan

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Benjamin P. Scafidi

Georgia College & State University; Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business

Erdal Tekin

Georgia State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 2002

Abstract

Although there is a sizeable literature of the effect of private school attendance on academic student outcomes, there is a dearth of studies of the impact of school sector on non-academic outcomes. Using a rich data set, we analyze the impact of Catholic school attendance on the likelihood that teens use or sell drugs, commit property crime, have sex, join gangs, attempt suicide, and run away from home. Controlling for a host of personal and family background characteristics and adjusting for the endogeneity of sector choice, we cannot find evidence that Catholic schooling leads to a lower incidence of these risky behaviors among teenagers.

Keywords: Catholic School, Crime, Bad Behavior

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Mocan, Naci H. and Scafidi, Benjamin P. and Tekin, Erdal, Catholic Schools and Bad Behavior (October 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=341544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.341544

Naci H. Mocan

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of economics
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Benjamin P. Scafidi

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