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Study Of Bank-Robbing Shows It Isn't A Lucrative Job

Jun 13, 2012
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And today's last word in business: crime doesn't pay.

A team of economists studied bank heists in the U.S. and U.K. to figure out whether bank robbery is a lucrative profession. The research, published in the journal Significance, found the average takeaway per robber is about $4,000 in the U.S. There's a much better return in the U.K., closer to $20,000. In other case, you'd have to carry out a lot of raids to make a good living. And by the fourth bank job anyway, the study finds you're more likely than not to be in jail, which is not really good for your earning potential.

That's the business news here on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

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