Type: Seminar

Prison labor: The price of prisons and the lasting effects of incarceration


Seminar is open to U-M students and faculty.


Belinda Archibong, Columbia University

Date & Time

Oct 1, 2020, 4:00-5:20 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Institutions of justice, like prisons, can be used to serve economic and other extrajudicial interests, with lasting deleterious effects. We study the effects on incarceration when prisoners are used primarily as a source of labor using evidence from British colonial Nigeria. We digitized sixty-five years of archival records on prisons from 1920 to 1995 and provide new estimates on the value of prison labor and the effects of labor demand shocks on incarceration.

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