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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

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

Samuel L. Myers

Yale University Press

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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