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Crime and work: What we can learn from the low-wage labor market

An EPI Press Conference

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As the nation continues to “get tough” on crime by mandating longer incarcerations and building more prisons, the clear link between crime and labor market opportunity is often ignored in policy debates. Adopting certain market policies would not only lift the economic prospects of many low-wage workers, but also pay off in the long run by offering potential criminals a legitimate alternative to crime.

To find out more, read EPI’s new study, Crime and Work: What We Can Learn From the Low-Wage Labor Market, by Jared Bernstein and Ellen Houston.

This event was recorded on Tuesday July 18, 2000 at the National Press Club.