Research Publication Title

Does Dropping Out of High School Affect the Probability of Spending Time in Prison or Jail?

Major

Economics

Faculty Mentor(s)

John R. Swinton

Abstract

There is significant evidence that government expenditures on prison are substantial and that a lack of education contributes to crime rates. I estimate a linear probability model via OLS to determine how graduating from high school affects the probability of being arrested as an adult. In this study I use data from Waves 1 and 4 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). After controlling for mother and father absenteeism, childhood household income, demographic data, and whether or not parents spent time in prison I find that dropping out of high school increases the probability of going to jail or prison by 20 percentage points.

Start Date

10-4-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:15 AM

Location

HSB 300

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Does Dropping Out of High School Affect the Probability of Spending Time in Prison or Jail?

HSB 300

There is significant evidence that government expenditures on prison are substantial and that a lack of education contributes to crime rates. I estimate a linear probability model via OLS to determine how graduating from high school affects the probability of being arrested as an adult. In this study I use data from Waves 1 and 4 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). After controlling for mother and father absenteeism, childhood household income, demographic data, and whether or not parents spent time in prison I find that dropping out of high school increases the probability of going to jail or prison by 20 percentage points.