Chapter 4 The Labor Market and Female Crime

Frontiers of Family Economics

ISBN: 978-0-444-53263-3, eISBN: 978-1-84950-542-0

ISSN: 1574-0129

Publication date: 14 July 2008


The same forces that lead to changes in participation in the labor market can also affect the extent of criminal activity. To analyze such interaction we construct a search-theoretic model where labor market participation, labor market outcomes and crime are determined jointly. The model is calibrated to US data focusing on females. The main finding is that changes affecting the labor market, such as changes in productivity or in preferences toward market activities, can have significant effects on criminal behavior.


Engelhardt, B., Rocheteau, G. and Rupert, P. (2008), "Chapter 4 The Labor Market and Female Crime", Rupert, P. (Ed.) Frontiers of Family Economics (Frontiers of Family Economics, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 139-163.



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