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CentrePiece Article
Crime scars: can recessions produce career criminals?
Brian Bell, Anna Bindler and Stephen Machin
July 2015
Paper No' CEPCP451:
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CentrePiece 20 (1) Summer 2015


JEL Classification: J64; K42


Tags: crime; recessions; unemployment

Recessions typically raise youth unemployment and leave longterm labour market ‘scars’ on the young people concerned. Research by Brian Bell, Anna Bindler and Stephen Machin finds that they also have a disturbing and substantial impact in launching criminal careers.

This article summarises ‘Crime Scars: Recessions and the Making of Career Criminals’ by Brian Bell, Anna Bindler and Stephen Machin, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1284.