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Get a Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime

Robert D. Crutchfield


Are the unemployed more likely to commit crimes? Does having a job make one less likely to commit a crime? Criminologists have found that individuals who are marginalized from the labor market are more likely to commit crimes, and communities with more members who are marginal to the labor market have higher rates of crime. Yet, as this book explains, contrary to popular expectations, unemployment has been found to be an inconsistent predictor of either individual criminality or collective crime rates. The book offers a carefully nuanced understanding of the links among work, unemployment, and ... More

Keywords: unemployed, crime rates, labor market marginalization, unemployment, criminality, social inequalities, social disadvantage, economic disparity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814717073
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814717073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert D. Crutchfield, author