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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy$
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C. Henry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001

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Crime, Poverty, and Entrepreneurship

Crime, Poverty, and Entrepreneurship

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(p.653) 23 Crime, Poverty, and Entrepreneurship
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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy
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Samuel L. Myers

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095418.003.0032

This chapter addresses the relationship between crime and lack of entrepreneurial opportunities by examining the connection between self-admitted drug dealing and labor force behavior. It uses prison data from California, Michigan, and Texas to provide a basis for examining the characteristics of self-described drug dealers. Quantitative measures of criminal preferences and motivations for engaging crime are used to assess their impacts on both employment and crime.

Keywords:   crime, entrepreneurial opportunities, drug dealing, labor force, prison, California, Michigan, Texas, employment

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