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The External Effects of Black Male Incarceration onBlack Females

  • Stéphane Mechoulan

This article examines how the increase in the incarceration ofblack men and the sex ratio imbalance it induces shape the behaviorof young black women. Combining data from the Bureau of Justice Statisticsand the Current Population Survey to match male incarceration rateswith individual observations over two decades, I show that black maleincarceration lowers the odds of black nonmarital teenage fertilitywhile increasing young black women's school attainment and earlyemployment. These results can account for the sharp bridging of theracial gap over the 1990s for a range of socioeconomic outcomes amongfemales. (c) 2011 by The University of Chicago. Allrights reserved.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 1-35

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