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Declining Employment Among Young Black Less-Educated Men: The Role of Incarceration and Child Support

April 1, 2004

From 1980 to 2000, incarceration levels and enforcement of child support policies -- both of which disproportionately affect young, poorly educated African American men -- increased significantly. The authors performed a quantitative study using state-level data to test the effects of these factors on employment and labor force participation. Indeed, incarceration and child support policies contributed to declining employment among this demographic.

Crime and Justice; Employment; Fatherhood; Poverty

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