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Unemployment and crime: Experimental evidence of the causal effects of intensified ALMPs on crime rates among unemployed individuals

Study paper no. 38
working paper - publication by Signe Hald Andersen
ISBN 978-87-90199-64-7
UDGIVET AF The ROCKWOOL Foundation Research Unit and the University Press of Southern Denmark

In 2005/06 the  Danish National Labour Market Authority carried out an experiment in two of the then existing counties in Denmark, Sønderjyllands Amt and Storstrøms Amt. The aim of the experiment was to investigate the effect on employment of an intensive labour market activation programme for a randomly selected group of unemployed people who had unemployment insurance (unemployment insurance is optional in Denmark). In this paper we utilise data from the same experiment to investigate whether the intensified activation affected criminality among these unemployed individuals. The issue is an interesting one to examine, because it contributes to our understanding of the extent of and reasons for any link existing between unemployment and crime.

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Signe Hald Andersen
Forskningsprofessor og souschef

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