Summary #1056

Job loss leads to more crime
  • Based on data from over 1 million laid-off Norwegian workers aged 18-40, researchers find that job loss leads to an increase in criminal charges.
  • It is one of the first studies to show that losing a job can be the cause of criminal activity.
  • One explanation is that job loss disrupts the daily schedule, creating too much free time—much more crimes happened on weekdays than on weekends.
  • Male participants were followed for over 15 years between 1990’s and 2000’s.
  • What’s interesting, there was not enough crime among women participants to include them in the study.


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