(From Dr. Stephan Heblich and Dr. Mirko Moro, seminar convenors for Economics). Arnaud Chevalier from Royal Holloway, University of London, will present his paper "Children off the wall" in our seminar on Tuesday, March 19th.
Arnaud is a Reader in Economics and he is affiliated with the Centre for the Economics of Education at the LSE and at the Geary Institute at University College Dublin. His principal interests are in education, health and economics of the family. The paper he will present in our seminar exploits the fall of the Berlin Wall as an exogenous fertility shock. The number of births in East Germany dropped by more than 50 percent over a three years period after reunification of the two countries. He estimates that individuals from this cohort commit more crimes per head than both younger/older cohorts and their West German peers. This higher criminal propensity can be explained by negative selection whereby parents who gave birth to children during this period of great uncertainty have on average lower parenting skills.
You will find more information about Arnaud's research at http://personal.rhul.ac.uk/urte/247/.