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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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(p.105) 7 Crime
The Origins of Happiness

Stephen J. Machin

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes a look at crime. Crime is a problem, both for the criminal and for the community. For the criminal it can lead to social exclusion and a life that fails to satisfy. For the community it reduces the quality of life. These are the effects of crime. However, the chapter reverses the usual order by looking first at the causes of crime. It studies the British Cohort Study data to find out the cause, revealing that problems in early childhood tends to produce more crime. Afterward, the chapter considers the issue in more depth, and attempts to examine the correlation between early childhood problems and early education. Finally, the chapter discusses the effects of crime, both on the individual criminal and on society as a whole.

Keywords:   crime, childhood problems, education, crime causes, crime effects, criminals, quality of life, social exclusion

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