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Collateral Costs: The Effects of Incarceration on the Employment and Earnings of Young Workers

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  • Holzer, Harry J.

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    (Georgetown University)

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In this paper I review the empirical evidence on the effects of incarceration on the subsequent employment and earnings of less-educated young prisoners. In this discussion I include evidence from: 1) Employer surveys and audit studies of hiring; 2) Survey data (mostly from the NLSY79) and administrative data; and 3) state-level incarceration data linked to micro employment data for young black men. The strengths and weaknesses of each type of analysis are discussed as well. The preponderance of the evidence considered suggests that, all else equal, spells of incarceration do tend to reduce subsequent employment and earnings for those with criminal records.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3118.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3118

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  1. Michael Svarer, 2008. "Crime and Partnerships," Economics Working Papers 2008-06, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  2. John Schmitt & Kris Warner, 2010. "The High Budgetary Cost of Incarceration," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2010-28, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  3. Ignacio Munyo, . "The Juvenile Crime Dilemma," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Richey, Jeremiah, 2013. "An Odd Couple: Monotone Instrumental Variables and Binary Treatments," MPRA Paper 54785, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 06 Nov 2013.
  5. Robynn Cox, 2012. "The Impact of Mass Incarceration on the Lives of African American Women," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer, vol. 39(2), pages 203-212, June.
  6. Sciulli, Dario, 2010. "Conviction, Gender and Labour Market Status: A Propensity Score Matching Approach," MPRA Paper 25054, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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