Crime, Imprisonment and Female Labor Force Participation: A Time Series Approach

Wellesley College Working Paper No. 98-15

Posted: 23 Dec 1998

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Ann Dryden Witte

Wellesley College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Robert Witt

University of Surrey

Date Written: August 1998

Abstract

Rapidly growing prison population in the U.S. has led to an upsurge of interest in discerning the impact of this costly increase on crime rates. Estimates of impact vary. We find that both higher levels of imprisonment and increases in labor force participation of women are related to significantly higher crime rate. The impact of female labor force participation is much larger than the impact of imprisonment.

JEL Classification: H0, K14

Suggested Citation

Dryden Witte, Ann and Witt, Robert, Crime, Imprisonment and Female Labor Force Participation: A Time Series Approach (August 1998). Wellesley College Working Paper No. 98-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=129353

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