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Delinquency, schooling, and work: time allocation decision of youth

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This paper examines the possible factors that affect the time allocation decision of youth between delinquency, schooling, and work. Based on a joint decision model, evidence from Montreal shows that influences from different social institutions such as family, church, school, peers and the workplace are important determinants of how young people decide to spend their time on various activities. The findings provided here take into account the joint decision nature of the problem and therefore provide more precise estimates than those of the existing literature.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics Bishop's University Lennoxville Quebec Canada J1M 1Z7, Email:

Publication date: May 1, 2004

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