No Bars: Unlocking the Economic Power of the Formerly Incarcerated

Occupational licensing hurts the economy and strengthens economic and social inequities by contributing to low employment rates among people with criminal records. The author demonstrates how much more money the economy could generate if people with criminal records had higher employment rates, and offers policy proposals to reduce barriers to employment and licensing for people with criminal convictions.


Fetsch, E. (2016). No Bars: Unlocking the Economic Power of the Formerly Incarcerated. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. http://www.ssrn.com/abstract=2878152

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