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Non-Production Benefits of Education: Crime, Health, and Good Citizenship

Lance Lochner

NBER Working Paper No. 16722
Issued in January 2011
NBER Program(s):CH, ED, HE, LS, PE, POL

A growing body of work suggests that education offers a wide-range of benefits that extend beyond increases in labor market productivity. Improvements in education can lower crime, improve health, and increase voting and democratic participation. This chapter reviews recent developments on these 'non-production' benefits of education with an emphasis on contributions made by economists.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16722

Published: Lochner, Lance, “Nonproduction Benefits of Education: Crime, Health, and Good Citizenship,” in E. Hanushek, S. Machin, and L. Woessmann (eds.), Handbook of the Economics of Education , Vol. 4, Ch. 2, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 2011 .

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