Local Labor Market Inequality in the Age of Mass Incarceration

  title={Local Labor Market Inequality in the Age of Mass Incarceration},
  author={Luke Petach and A. Pena},
  journal={Review of Black Political Economy},
  pages={7 - 41}
  • Luke Petach, A. Pena
  • Published 2020
  • Economics
  • Review of Black Political Economy
  • We contend that the rise of mass incarceration in the United States can be framed through the lens of stratification economics, which views race- and class-based discrimination as a rational attempt on behalf of privileged groups to preserve their relative status and the material benefits which that status confers. Using the first (to our knowledge) local-level data set on incarceration rates by race, we explore the relationship between income inequality, poverty, and incarceration at the… CONTINUE READING

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