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The externalities of crime: The effect of criminal involvement of parents on the educational attainment of their children

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  • Rud, I.
  • Van Klaveren, C.
  • Groot, W. and Maassen van den Brink, H.

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The empirical literature on education and crime suggests that both criminal behavior and educational attainment are transferred from parents to children. However, the impact of criminal involvement of parents on educational outcomes of children tends to be ignored, even though the entailed social costs may be substantial. This study examines the effects of parents‟ criminal involvement on the educational attainment of their children. A multinomial probit model is applied in combination with a Mahalanobis matching approach to identify this effect. The findings suggest that having criminally involved parents: (1) increases the probability of only finishing primary education by 8 percentage points, and (2) decreases the probability of having a higher education degree by 13 percentage points.

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  • Rud, I. & Van Klaveren, C. & Groot, W. and Maassen van den Brink, H., 2012. "The externalities of crime: The effect of criminal involvement of parents on the educational attainment of their children," Working Papers 44, Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research.
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    1. Anderson, D. Mark & Lochner, Lance, 2016. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Education and Crime," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 211-213.
    2. Juan Nelson Martinez Dahbura, 2016. "The Short-Term Impact of Crime on School Enrollment and School Choice: Evidence from El Salvador," Keio-IES Discussion Paper Series 2016-012, Institute for Economics Studies, Keio University.
    3. Bhuller, Manudeep & Dahl, Gordon B. & Loken, Katrine Vellesen & Mogstad, Magne, 2018. "Intergenerational Effects of Incarceration," IZA Discussion Papers 11278, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    Educational attainment; Criminal involvement; Intergenerational effects;

    JEL classification:

    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
    • K49 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Other

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