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The Transition from School to Jail: Youth Crime and High School Completion Among Black Males, Second Version

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  • Antonio Merlo

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Kenneth I. Wolpin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

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In this paper, we study the relationship among schooling, youth employment and youth crime. The framework, a multinomial discrete choice vector autoregression, provides a comprehensive analysis of the dynamic interactions among a youth’s schooling, work and crime decisions and arrest and incarceration outcomes. We allow for observable initial conditions, unobserved heterogeneity, measurement error and missing data. We use data from the NLSY97 on black male youths starting from age 14. The estimates indicate important roles both for heterogeneity in initial conditions and for stochastic events that arise during one’s youth in determining outcomes as young adults.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 09-002.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 02 Sep 2008
Date of revision: 16 Jan 2009
Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:09-002

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