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Education Policy and Crime

Lance Lochner

NBER Working Paper No. 15894
Issued in April 2010
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This paper discusses the relationship between education and crime from an economic perspective, developing a human capital-based model that sheds light on key ways in which early childhood programs and policies that encourage schooling may affect both juvenile and adult crime. The paper first discusses evidence on the effects of educational attainment, school quality, and school enrollment on crime. Next, the paper discusses evidence on the crime reduction effects of preschool programs like Perry Preschool and Head Start, school-age programs that emphasize social and emotional development, and job training programs for low-skill adolescents and young adults. Finally, the paper concludes with a broad discussion of education policy and its potential role as a crime-fighting strategy.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15894

Published: Education Policy and Crime, Lance Lochner. in Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, Cook, Ludwig, and McCrary. 2011

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