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With economic downturn looming because of COVID-19 closures, Weatherhead School’s Mark Votruba discusses research on rise in crime by men after layoffs

How COVID-19 layoffs could lead to an increase in crime

Fast CompanyMark Votruba, associate professor in the Department of Economics and the departments’s interim chair at the Weatherhead School, described his research showing that a rise in crime by men after layoffs can stem from a destructive combination of too much free time and psychological stressors such as frustration and financial worry.