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Author: Chan, Stacey
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1. Chan, Stacey
Unintended Policy Effects and Youth Crime
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, Boston College, 2013.
Also: https://dlib.bc.edu/islandora/object/bc-ir:101345
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Boston College
Keyword(s): Crime; Geocoded Data; Minimum Wage; State-Level Data/Policy

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The second chapter (co-authored with Drew Beauchamp) investigates how increases in the minimum wage impact the criminal behavior of affected workers. A growing body of empirical evidence indicates that increases in the minimum wage have a displacement effect on low-skilled workers. We use detailed panel data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 cohort to examine the effect of increases in the minimum wage on self-reported criminal activity and test the employment-crime substitution hypothesis. Exploiting changes in state and federal minimum wage laws from 1997 to 2010, we find that workers who are affected by a change in the minimum wage are more likely to become idle and unemployed. Further, there is an increase of property theft among both the unemployed and employed, suggesting that substitution between employment and crime is stronger than the income effect. These findings have implications for policy regarding both the low-wage labor market and criminal activity.
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Chan, Stacey. Unintended Policy Effects and Youth Crime. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Economics, Boston College, 2013..