Employment at the Going Rate Counters Criminal Behavior

Employment at the going rate counters criminal behavior because those who produce, earn income comparable to others at their socioeconomic level, and have opportunities for advancement–e.g., trade union carpenters, dentist, teachers, first line supervisors, government personnel, corporate managers, hospital executives, nurses, TV meteorologists, and the like–go along with the existing state of affairs; they’re accepting/compliant–and because they’re employed at the going rate they’re not poor and living in ghettos.  Gang members, shooters, drug dealers, and the like, almost invariably are not employed at the going rate.

There are many examples of the connection between employment at the going rate and behavior.  Here’s Hugh Elkin’s description of Muslim immigrants in Denmark: “[M[any of the new arrivals fail to enter the workforce, are slow to earn Danish, and end up in high-crime immigrant neighborhoods where, while relying on extensive state handouts, they and their children are cut off from Danish society. . . . [R]efugees who have come to Denmark in recent years overwhelming lack the education and training needed to enter the country’s . . . labor market.”  They’re not employed at the going rate and, thus, they misbehave!

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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