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Neighbourhood Gangs, Crime Spillovers and Teenage Motherhood

Dustmann, Christian; Mertz, Mikkel; Okatenko, Anna; (2023) Neighbourhood Gangs, Crime Spillovers and Teenage Motherhood. The Economic Journal 10.1093/ej/uead009. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Using an identification strategy based on random assignment of refugees to different municipalities in Denmark between 1986 and 1998, we find strong evidence that gang crime rates in the neighbourhood at assignment increase the probability of boys to commit crimes before the age of 19, and that gang crime (but not other crime) increases the likelihood of teenage motherhood for girls. Higher levels of gang crime also have detrimental and long-lasting effects, with men experiencing significantly higher levels of inactivity and women experiencing lower earnings and higher levels of welfare benefit claims at ages 19 to 28.

Type: Article
Title: Neighbourhood Gangs, Crime Spillovers and Teenage Motherhood
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/ej/uead009
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/uead009
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Economic Society. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence (https://creativeco mmons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10171672
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