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Work and Crime: An Exploration Using Panel Data

Ann Dryden Witte, Helen Tauchen

NBER Working Paper No. 4794
Issued in July 1994
NBER Program(s):   LS

In this paper we explore the relationship between crime and work using data for a cohort sample of young men. We find that working and going to school significantly decrease the probability of committing criminal acts and by virtually identical amounts. Parochial school education and higher IQ are also significantly associated with lower criminal proclivities, but a high school degree has no significant effect. These findings, in conjunction with other research, suggest that participation in legitimate activities (employment or school) per se has a greater effect on criminal behavior than does the higher income associated with employment or educational attainment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4794

Published: Public Finance, vol 49 (1994) pp 155-167

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