The Crime Reducing Effect of Education

Steve Machin, Olivier Marie, Sunčica Vujić

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In this paper, we study the crime reducing potential of education, presenting causal statistical estimates based upon a law that changed the compulsory school leaving age in England and Wales. We frame the analysis in a regression-discontinuity setting and uncover significant decreases in property crime from reductions in the proportion of people with no educational qualifications and increases in the age of leaving school that resulted from the change in the law. The findings show that improving education can yield significant social benefits and can be a key policy tool in the drive to reduce crime.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaastricht, The Netherlands
PublisherResearch Centre for Education and the Labour Market
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Bibliographical note

ROA Research Memorandum Series
ID number: ROA-RM-2010/13


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