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
Publication statusUnpublished - 16 Jul 2010
EventSymposium "Causality in Educational Research" - Jena, Germany
Duration: 14 Jul 201016 Jul 2010


ConferenceSymposium "Causality in Educational Research"


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