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Job Loss, Credit and Crime in Colombia

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  • Gaurav Khanna
  • Carlos Medina
  • Anant Nyshadham
  • Christian Posso
  • Jorge A. Tamayo

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We investigate the effects of job displacement, as a result of mass-layoffs, on criminal arrests using a novel matched employer-employee-crime dataset in Medellín, Colombia. Job displacement leads to immediate earnings losses, and an increased likelihood of being arrested for both the displaced worker and for other youth in the family. We leverage variation in opportunities for legitimate reemployment and access to consumption credit to investigate the mechanisms underlying this job loss-crime relationship. Workers in booming sectors with more opportunities for legitimate reemployment exhibit smaller increases in arrests after job losses. Greater exposure to expansions in consumption credit also lowers the job loss-crime elasticity.

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  • Gaurav Khanna & Carlos Medina & Anant Nyshadham & Christian Posso & Jorge A. Tamayo, 2019. "Job Loss, Credit and Crime in Colombia," NBER Working Papers 26313, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:26313
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    JEL classification:

    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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