Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Statistical Discrimination: A Field Experiment

  title={Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Statistical Discrimination: A Field Experiment},
  author={Amanda Y. Agan and Sonja B. Starr},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy \& Regulation eJournal},
"Ban-the-Box" (BTB) policies restrict employers from asking about applicants' criminal histories on job applications and are often presented as a means of reducing unemployment among black men, who disproportionately have criminal records. However, withholding information about criminal records could risk encouraging statistical discrimination: employers may make assumptions about criminality based on the applicant's race (or other observable characteristics). To investigate BTB's effects, we… 
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