The Economics of Female Recidivism: A Study of TARP Women Ex‐Offenders

Nancy Jurik

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This article examines the effect of economic incentives on the rearrest rates of 125 women ex‐felons. The data are drawn from the TARP experiment designed around the premise that individuals steal largely out of economic need. Many criminologists have argued that female crime is sexual and emotional rather than rational and economic in nature. Results, however, support the expectation that unemployment compensation and employment are negatively associated with rearrests for economic crimes. Also, exogenous factors of criminal background and marital status reveal important differences in post‐release behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-622
Number of pages20
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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