Youth Crime and the Minimum Wage

  title={Youth Crime and the Minimum Wage},
  author={Andrew Kallem},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy & Regulation},
  • Andrew Kallem
  • Published 2004
  • Economics
  • Labor: Public Policy & Regulation
  • This study examines the relationship between the minimum wage and youth criminal activity. I show that a priori economic reasoning cannot predict the sign of the relationship - while a minimum wage hike reduces the attractiveness of crime as a source of income relative to legitimate work, it may also disemploy young workers and so induce their participation in crime. I then present three empirical analyses to fill this gap: a panel approach using state-level data covering the period from 1982… CONTINUE READING


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