"The general public and scholars alike expect that unemployment will lead to increased crime. At the heart of such explanations are utilitarian explanations for crime and delinquency; those without adequate incomes will turn to crime to satisfy wants and needs. Interestingly research on unemployment and crime has yielded very mixed results," Professor Robert Cruthchfeld.
The seminar presents a more complex explanation of the connection between work and crime, the labour stratification and crime approach, offers an opportunity to make sense of past ambiguous research results and provide a better understanding of how labour market patterns can help to explain both young adult crime and juvenile delinquency.
Professor Crutchfeld is professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. His research interests include the effects of labor markets and employment on crime, neighborhoods, social disorganization, and race and ethnic stratification.
Read interview witih him, issr.uq.edu.au/news/employment-crime-connection