Conscription and crime

The initiation in criminal activities is, typically, a young phenomenon. The study of the determinants of entry into criminal activities should pay attention to major events affecting youth. In many countries, one of these important events is mandatory participation in military service. The objectiv...

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Main Author: Galiani, Sebastián
Corporate Author: World Bank Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Development Economics
Other Authors: Rossi, Martín A., Schargrodsky, Ernesto
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C World Bank, Development Economics, Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist 2006, 2006
Series:Policy research working paper
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Collection: World Bank E-Library Archive - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The initiation in criminal activities is, typically, a young phenomenon. The study of the determinants of entry into criminal activities should pay attention to major events affecting youth. In many countries, one of these important events is mandatory participation in military service. The objective of this study is to estimate the causal relationship between mandatory participation in military service and crime. The authors exploit the random assignment through a draft lottery of young men to conscription in Argentina to identify this causal effect. Their results suggest that participation in military service increased the likelihood of developing a criminal record in adulthood (in particular, for property and weapon-related crimes)
Item Description:"October 2006"--Cover. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 11-12)
Physical Description:Online-Ressource (18 p) 28 cm