Incarceration Length, Employment, and Earnings

30 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2006 Last revised: 20 Oct 2021

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Jeffrey R. Kling

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Budget Office (CBO); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

This paper estimates effects of increases in incarceration length on employment and earnings prospects of individuals after their release from prison. I utilize a variety of research designs including controlling for observable factors and using instrumental variables for incarceration length based on randomly assigned judges with different sentencing propensities. The results show no consistent evidence of adverse labor market consequences of longer incarceration length using any of the analytical methods in either the state system in Florida or the federal system in California.

Suggested Citation

Kling, Jeffrey, Incarceration Length, Employment, and Earnings (February 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=881237

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