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The effects of education on crime

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Abstract:

In this article, we use a unique data set on criminal behaviour to analyse the effects of education on offences and crimes committed. The findings suggest that substantial savings on the social costs of crime can be obtained by investing in education. We find that the probability of committing crimes like shop lifting, vandalism and threat, assault and injury decrease with years of education. The probability of committing tax fraud, however, increases with years of education. We further find that higher educated people have more permissive attitudes and social norms towards criminal behaviour.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840701604412

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Sciences, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands,Department of Economics, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2: Department of Economics, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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