Education and Youth Crime: Effects of Introducing the Education Maintenance Allowance Programme

Wider Benefits of Learning Working Paper No. 14

40 Pages Posted: 13 May 2006

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Leon Feinstein

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Ricardo Sabatés

Faculty of Education; Centre for International Education

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

This paper evaluates the impacts on male juvenile burglary conviction rates of two UK government interventions, the Reducing Burglary Initiative and Educational Maintenance Allowances. Using difference-in-differences estimation techniques, the paper shows that in areas where both initiatives were introduced convictions for 16 to 18 year olds for burglary fell between 1.1 and 1.5 per 1,000 relative to areas where neither programme was introduced. This is also a much greater crime reduction than for areas that introduced the EMA or the RBI singly. We conclude, therefore, that educational policies can have substantive external effects and could complement direct interventions for crime prevention. These findings also highlight the importance of joined up thinking in policy delivery, i.e. the interconnections between departmental programmes in the delivery of desirable outcomes.

Keywords: Programme evaluation, education, crime

JEL Classification: H43

Suggested Citation

Feinstein, Leon and Sabatés Aysa, Ricardo, Education and Youth Crime: Effects of Introducing the Education Maintenance Allowance Programme (January 2005). Wider Benefits of Learning Working Paper No. 14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=901421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.901421

Leon Feinstein

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Ricardo Sabatés Aysa (Contact Author)

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Centre for International Education ( email )

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