study, 39 pages, 6" x 9" (paper), 2000
Economic theory predicts a cause-and-effect relationship between improvements in the labor market and lower rates of crime. Empirical support for this causal connection means that labor market policies can play a role in reducing crime rates. To lift the economic prospects of all low-wage workers is not only a worthy economic and social goal; it is one that will pay off in the long run by offering potential criminals a legitimate alternative to crime. To find out more, read Crime and Work.