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Discussion Papers no. 655

An analysis of Norwegian register data on five birth cohorts

Initiation into crime

We construct linked register data on five Norwegian birth cohorts, covering: criminal charges after age 15; family characteristics and history up to age 15; and (for males) IQ test scores. A longitudinal analysis of the risk of initiation into crime in early adulthood suggests an increased risk for the children of young and unmarried mothers and for those experiencing disruptive family events including divorce or maternal death during childhood. There is a relationship between continuity of parental employment and reduced risk, with no evidence of harm from mothers' employment. Cognitive ability remains strongly associated with reduced risk after allowing for family history and circumstances.

Om publikasjonen

Tittel

Initiation into crime. An analysis of Norwegian register data on five birth cohorts

Ansvarlige

Taryn Ann Galloway, Stephen Pudney

Serie og -nummer

Discussion Papers no. 655

Utgiver

Statistics Norway

Emne

Discussion Papers

ISSN

1892-753X

Antall sider

43

Målform

Engelsk

Om Discussion Papers

Discussion papers comprise research papers intended for international journals and books. A preprint of a Discussion Paper may be longer and more elaborate than a standard journal article as it may include intermediate calculations, background material etc.

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