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The Impact of Unemployment on Theft: A Case Study of the Punjab Prisons

Syed Yasir Mahmood Gillani1

Abstract
The present study explores the relationship between unemployment and theft through a comprehensive survey of 30 prisons of Punjab, the most populated province of Pakistan. A sample of 481 respondents was selected including both juveniles and adults with stratified random sampling technique. Logistic regression is used to find out the impact of unemployment on theft. The effect of other socio-economic demographic variables has „ been examined. The main findings of the research reveal the existence of a significant positive relationship between unemployment and theft and indicate the impact of unemployment on
theft in Punjab.

Keywords: Theft, crime, prisoner, unemployment, poverty