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Does Child Labor Reduce Youth Crime?

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  • Andrew W. Horowitz
  • Julie R. Trivitt

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This paper explores the nexus between youth-employment, youth-crime, and socialization in the context of the child labor debate in economics. The analysis draws upon both economics and sociology and suggests that neglect of the socializing benefits of youth (and perhaps child) employment in the economics literature is a potentially important lacuna. The sociology literature contains evidence that youth-labor reduces criminal propensity. If this effect extends to the youth who are the subject of the economics child-labor literature, potentially large private and external benefits of some-types of child-labor have been ignored. After presenting evidence of the linkage between youth-socialization, youth-employment, and youth-crime we consider possible implications for child-labor policies. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Andrew W. Horowitz & Julie R. Trivitt, 2007. "Does Child Labor Reduce Youth Crime?," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(4), pages 559-573, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:60:y:2007:i:4:p:559-573
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    2. Lochner, L., 1999. "Education, Work, and Crime: Theory and Evidence," RCER Working Papers 465, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
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    1. Bruno S. Frey & Reiner Eichenberger & René L. Frey, 2009. "Editorial Ruminations: Publishing Kyklos," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 62(2), pages 151-160, April.
    2. Alan Seals, 2009. "Are Gangs a Substitute for Legitimate Employment? Investigating the Impact of Labor Market Effects on Gang Affiliation," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 62(3), pages 407-425, August.
    3. Raymond B. Frempong & David Stadelmann, 2017. "The Effect of Food Price Changes on Child Labor: Evidence from Uganda," CREMA Working Paper Series 2017-06, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).

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