Job Displacement and Crime

Patrick Bennett, Amine Ouazad

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We use a detailed employer-employee data set matched with detailed crime information (timing of crime, fines, convictions, crime type) to estimate the impact of job loss on an individual's probability to commit crime. We focus on job losses due to displacement, i.e. job losses in firms losing a substantial share of their workers, for workers with at least three years of tenure. Displaced workers are more likely to commit offenses leading to conviction (probation, prison terms) for property crimes and for alcohol-related traffic violations in the two years following displacement. We find no evidence that displaced workers' propensity to commit crime is higher than non-displaced workers before the displacement event; but it is significantly higher afterwards. Displacement impacts crime over and above what is explained by earnings losses and weeks of unemployment following displacement.
Antal sider27
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Begivenhed17th IZA/CEPR European Summer Symposium in Labor Economics. ESSLE 2015 - Deutsche Post DHL Conference Center, Inning, Tyskland
Varighed: 2 sep. 20156 sep. 2015
Konferencens nummer: 17


Seminar17th IZA/CEPR European Summer Symposium in Labor Economics. ESSLE 2015
LokationDeutsche Post DHL Conference Center


Bennett, P., & Ouazad, A. (2015). Job Displacement and Crime. Paper præsenteret på 17th IZA/CEPR European Summer Symposium in Labor Economics. ESSLE 2015, Inning, Tyskland.