Entrepreneurship as a response to labor market discrimination for formerly incarcerated people

Kylie Jiwon Hwang, Damon J. Phillips

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Abstract

This paper examines entrepreneurship as a way to overcome labor market discrimination for formerly incarcerated people. Using the United States National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 data, we find that formerly incarcerated people are more likely to become entrepreneurs compared to individuals without a criminal record. We take advantage of an exogenous policy shock “Ban-the-Box” to disentangle the underlying mechanism of how labor market discrimination affects formerly incarcerated individuals in their entrepreneurial choices. We find that entrepreneurship is a viable alternative career choice for formerly incarcerated people, yielding both higher income and lower recidivism rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Aug 7 2020Aug 11 2020

Conference

Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period8/7/208/11/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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