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The Effect of Education on Criminal Convictions and Incarceration: Causal Evidence from Micro-data
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2015 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 125, no 587, 1290-1326 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120396DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12204ISI: 000361008100004OAI: diva2:852404
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2015-10-12Bibliographically approved

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