Crime, Imprisonment and Female Labor Force Participation: A Time Series Approach
Wellesley College Working Paper No. 98-15
Posted: 23 Dec 1998
Date Written: August 1998
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
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