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Education and criminal behavior: Insights from an expansion of upper secondary school
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Sweden.
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, E-ISSN 1879-1034, Vol. 52, p. 178-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the impact on long and short run criminal behavior from a large scale Swedish reform of vocational upper secondary education, extending programs and adding more general theoretical content. The reform directly concerns age groups where criminal activity is high and individuals who are overrepresented among criminal offenders. Using detailed administrative data we show that the reform led to a reduction in property crime, but no significant decrease in violent crime. The effect is mainly concentrated to the third year after enrollment, which suggests that being in school reduces the opportunities and/or inclinations to commit crime.

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2018. Vol. 52, p. 178-192
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Education, Delinquency
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158290DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2017.11.007ISI: 000436913700016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158290DiVA, id: diva2:1236075
Available from: 2018-07-31 Created: 2018-07-31 Last updated: 2018-07-31Bibliographically approved

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