Lost boys: access to secondary education and crime / Kristiina Huttunen (VATT Institute for Economic Research, Helsinki GSE and IZA), Tuomas Pekkarinen (VATT Institute for Economic Research, Aalto University, Helsinki GSE and IZA), Roope Uusitalo (University of Helsinki, Helsinki GSE and IZA), Hanna Virtanen (Research Institute of the Finnish Economy) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserHuttunen, Kristiina ; Pekkarinen, Tuomas ; Uusitalo, Roope ; Virtanen, Hanna
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12084
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

We study the effect of post-compulsory education on crime by exploiting a regression discontinuity design generated by admission cut-offs to upper secondary schools in Finland. We combine data on school applications with data on criminal convictions and follow individuals for 10 years. Our results show that successful applicants are less likely to commit crimes during the first five years after admission. Crime is reduced both during and outside the school year, indicating that the channel through which schooling affects crime cannot be explained by incapacitation alone. We find no effect on crime committed after 6 years from admission.