Department of Economics
Florida State University
113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Institutional Affiliation: The Florida State University
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2017||The Effect of Education and School Quality on Female Crime|
with Lance Lochner: w24061
This paper estimates the effects of educational attainment and school quality on crime among American women. Using changes in compulsory schooling laws as instruments, we estimate significant effects of schooling attainment on the probability of incarceration using Census data from 1960-1980. Using data from the 1960-90 Uniform Crime Reports, we also estimate that increases in average schooling levels reduce arrest rates for violent and property crime but not white collar crime. Our results suggest small and mixed direct effects of school quality (as measured by pupil-teacher ratios, term length, and teacher salaries) on incarceration and arrests. Finally, we show that the effects of education on crime for women are unlikely to be due to changes in labor market opportunities and may ...
Published: Javier Cano-Urbina & Lance Lochner, 2019. "The Effect of Education and School Quality on Female Crime," Journal of Human Capital, vol 13(2), pages 188-235.