The Effect of Education on Criminal Convictions and Incarceration: Causal Evidence from Micro-data
2015 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 125, no 587, 1290-1326 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article studies the causal effect of educational attainment on conviction and incarceration using Sweden's compulsory schooling reform as an instrument for years of schooling and a 70% sample from Sweden's Multigenerational Register matched with more than 30years of administrative crime records. We find a significant negative effect of schooling on male convictions and incarceration; one additional year of schooling decreases the likelihood of conviction by 6.7% and incarceration by 15.5%. Though OLS estimates for females are of a similar magnitude to those for males, we find no evidence of a significant causal effect for women.
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2015. Vol. 125, no 587, 1290-1326 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120396DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12204ISI: 000361008100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-120396DiVA: diva2:852404