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The Effect of Putting Black Men in Jail

Posted 10 Feb 11 by Tatyana

There’s an interesting article in the Journal of Labor Economics from last month:

"This article examines how the increase in the incarceration of black men and the sex ratio imbalance it induces shape the behavior of young black women. Combining data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Current Population Survey to match male incarceration rates with individual observations over two decades, I show that black male incarceration lowers the odds of black nonmarital teenage fertility while increasing young black women’s school attainment and early employment. These results can account for the sharp bridging of the racial gap over the 1990s for a range of socioeconomic outcomes among females.”

I think only economists could get away with writing something like this in our day and age.


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