New Study Demonstrates How Providing Jobs to Young People Reduces Crime and Provides Tremendous Return on Investment

December 5, 2014 9:31 PM

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Yesterday I was excited, but not entirely surprised, to read about a new study published in the journal Science about how a cohort of Chicago teenagers were affected by access to summer employment. The conclusion of the study, conducted by University of Pennsylvania criminologist Sara Heller, is that when you give a young person a summer job, he or she is significantly less likely to commit a violent crime. More on that in a moment.

These days, you no longer hear people talking about "disadvantaged youth" or "at-risk youth." Today we talk about "opportunity youth": low-income young people who are out of school and out of work, but who seek opportunities to advance their education or career and can offer a great deal to our coun...

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