The Relationship between Education and Crime: A Comparative Evaluation of Secondary Education Expenditures and Theft in OECD Countries2

Creative Commons License

Yavuz E., Susam N.

SOSYOEKONOMI, no.52, pp.257-282, 2022 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.17233/sosyoekonomi.2022.02.14
  • Journal Name: SOSYOEKONOMI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.257-282
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This study examines the relationship between education expenditures per student and theft crime. When evaluated in Turkey, the concept of crime has been limited to theft, which is among property crimes, due to the increase in the number of convicted persons in the last ten years. In the study, an evaluation was made for Turkey by using the education expenditures per student and the data of those convicted of theft crimes. In addition, the relationship between crime rates and education expenditures in OECD countries whose data can be accessed was analysed with the Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient. As a result of the analysis, a negative and significant relationship was found between the selected two variables. It has been concluded that there is a negative and significant relationship between the annual expenditures per student at the secondary education level and the number of people convicted of theft in Turkey, which has both the lowest spending per student and a seriously high number of criminals.