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In 1978, 60 percent of teens were in the labor force, but last summer just 35 percent were. (Nati Harnik/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In 1978, 60 percent of teens were in the labor force, but last summer just 35 percent were. (Nati Harnik/AP)

A new study out of Northeastern University finds that summer jobs programs for youth improve social skills and reduce violent crime.

The study looked at participants in Boston's summer jobs program and compared their outcome with a control group. The results showed a 35 percent reduction in violent crimes.

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Alicia Sasser Modestino, labor economist at Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She tweets @sassermodestino.

Neil Sullivan, executive director of The Boston Private Industry Council.

This segment aired on July 6, 2017.

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