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The effect of school starting age policy on crime: Evidence from U.S. microdata

Economics of Education Review Volume 54, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Does school starting age policy have an impact on the propensity of individuals to commit crime as adults? Using microdata from the U.S. Census, we find that a higher school starting age cutoff leads to lower rates of incarceration among both those directly affected by the laws and those only indirectly affected. However, the reduction in incarceration among those directly affected is smaller in magnitude, implying that the delay itself was harmful with respect to crime outcomes. These findings provide further support for early childhood interventions influencing future criminal activity.


McAdams, J.M. (2016). The effect of school starting age policy on crime: Evidence from U.S. microdata. Economics of Education Review, 54(1), 227-241. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved August 7, 2020 from .

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