Crime, compulsory schooling laws and education

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Brian Bell; Rui Costa; Stephen Machin;
  • Publisher: Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.09.007
  • Subject: Crime, education, compulsory schooling laws | HB Economic Theory | KD England and Wales | LB Theory and practice of education | HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
    • jel: jel:I2 | jel:K42

Do compulsory schooling laws reduce crime? Previous evidence for the U.S. from the 1960s and 1970s suggests they do, primarily working through their effect on educational attainment to generate a causal impact on crime. In this paper, we consider whether more recent exp... View more
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