Labor Market Segmentation, Human Capital, and the Economics of Crime


The research reported in this 1982 dissertation analyzes the relationships between human capital, labor market structure, and crime. It tests the relative explanatory power of neo-classical choice theory and labor market segmentation theory on the determinants of labor market outcomes, criminal behavior, and their interaction. The author concludes that the criminal choice decision is a highly complex and multiattributed one, and that the predictions of economic theory do not adequately capture the multiplicity of factors involved in crime.


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021