Department of Economics and Business Economics

School Starting Age and the Crime-Age Profile

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This paper uses register-based data to investigate the effects of school starting age on crime. Through this, we provide insights into the determinants of crime-age profiles. We exploit that Danish children typically start first grade in the calendar year they turn seven, which gives rise to a discontinuity in school starting age for children born around New Year. Our analysis speaks against a simple invariant crime-age profile as is popular in criminology: we find that higher school starting age lowers the propensity to commit crime at young ages. We also find effects on the number of crimes committed for boys.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Journal
Issue number602
Pages (from-to)1096-1118
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Old-for-grade, School start, Criminal charges, Violence, Property crime

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