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Negative Effects of Job Loss Not Soley Experienced by the Worker

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Everyone knows that losing your job hurts, but the negative effects are not solely experienced by the displaced worker. Newly published research by a Case Western Reserve University economist finds that involuntary job loss also causes a dramatic increase in criminal behavior.

The study, published in the journal Labour Economics, is one of the first to establish a causal link between individual job loss and subsequent criminal activity by men.

“Layoffs lead to an increase of criminal charges against displaced male workers, while also decreasing their future earnings and full-time opportunities,” Mark Votruba, co-author of ...