The Effect of Education on Crime: Evidence from Prison Inmates, Arrests, and Self-Reports

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We estimate the effect of education on participation in criminal activity accounting for endogeneity of schooling. We first analyze the effect of schooling on incarceration using Census data and changes in state compulsory attendance laws over time as an instrument for schooling. Changes in these laws have a significant effect on educational achievement… (More)

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@inproceedings{Lochner2003TheEO, title={The Effect of Education on Crime: Evidence from Prison Inmates, Arrests, and Self-Reports}, author={Lance J. Lochner and Enrico Moretti}, year={2003} }