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Supported Work for Ex-Addicts: An Exploration of Endogenous Tastes


  • Katherine P. Dickinson


The expected impact of Supported Work on former drug addicts' employment, crime, and drug use are derived from two models: the human capital model and a model of endogenous tastes. Empirically, Supported Work is found to increase the earnings of at least some ex-addicts, primarily due to increases in hours worked rather than wage rates. The program also reduced ex-addicts' crime, producing the greatest impact on the robbery and drug-related crimes and changing the relationship between crime and employment. The program did not affect ex-addicts' recidivism to drugs. The pattern of effects only partially supports the human capital model, and there is also some support for the model of endogenous tastes.

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  • Katherine P. Dickinson, 1981. "Supported Work for Ex-Addicts: An Exploration of Endogenous Tastes," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 16(4), pages 551-599.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:16:y:1981:i:4:p:551-599

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