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Education and the Crime Rate

How Education Lowers Crime

Washington State University

Economics 490, SES Capstone

Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to analyze the impact of education on the crime rate. The majority of people would assume that increased levels of education would lower the crime rate in a given area. This paper helps to reinforce this idea based on the conclusions reached from the research. There are also a few unexpected results such as higher levels of income per capita having higher rates of violent crime. In the end though, the data and research cement the idea that education is a good crime prevention tool.

Introduction

Crime rates are a concern for every major city in the United States, as well as the world. Why do some cities have higher crime than others? What needs to be done to lower crime rates? These are a few of the questions asked on a daily basis. A very effective tool to fight crime may very well be education. Most Americans would probably prefer to have their tax dollars go towards improving education instead of having to fund a larger police force. Raising education levels is more of a proactive approach whereas adding to the level of law enforcement is retroactive. Prevention is always better than having to fix a problem after it has occurred.

The goal of this paper is to compare the relationship between education and crime rates. I will do this by using data on high school enrollment and crime rates per year. There are a lot of different educational data available as well as different types of crimes, so maybe I will find that areas with high levels of education have a higher murder rate than a different type of crime. Interestingly, Lance Lochner (2000) found that education reduces all types of crime except for rape. My research will focus on…...

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