Crime and Young Men: The Role of Arrest, Criminal Experience, and Heterogeneity

42 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006 Last revised: 24 Jul 2006

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Susumu Imai

Queen's University - Department of Economics

Hajime Katayama

Waseda University - School of Commerce

Kala Krishna

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

Using National Youth Survey (NYS) data, we examine the relationship of current criminal activity and past arrests using an ordered probit model with unobserved heterogeneity. Past arrests raise current criminal activity only for the non-criminal type, while past criminal experience raises current criminal activity for both types. Also, the age crime profile peaks at age 18 for non-criminal type individuals, but for criminal type individuals, it continues to rise with age. Past research indicates that age arrest profiles rise till age 18 and then fall for both types, suggesting lower apprehension rates for criminal type individuals.

Suggested Citation

Imai, Susumu and Katayama, Hajime and Krishna, Kala, Crime and Young Men: The Role of Arrest, Criminal Experience, and Heterogeneity (May 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12221, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902573

Susumu Imai

Queen's University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Hajime Katayama

Waseda University - School of Commerce ( email )

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Kala Krishna (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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