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dc.contributor.authorWestern, Bruceen_US
dc.contributor.authorWeiman, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorKling, Jeffrey R.en_US
dc.identifier.citationReprinted in Crime and Delinquency, Volume 47, No. 3, July 2001.en_US
dc.description.abstractRapid growth in the incarceration rate over the last two decades has made prison time a routine event in the life course of young economically disadvantaged, black and Hispanic men. Although incarceration may now have large effects on economic inequality, only a few studies systematically examine the labor market experiences of ex-offenders. We review the mechanisms that plausibly link incarceration to employment and earnings and discuss the challenges of causal inference for a highly self-selected sample of criminal offenders. There is little consensus about the labor market effects of a variety of justice system sanctions, but there is consistent evidence for the negative effects of prison time on earnings, particularly among older or white-collar offenders. The labor market effects of incarceration are not yet well understood, but prior research suggests several promising avenues for future work.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Papers (Princeton University. Industrial Relations Section) ; 450en_US
dc.subjectcriminal offender; inmate; employment; earningsen_US
dc.titleThe Labor Market Consequences of Incarcerationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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