Do Ban the Box Laws Increase Crime?

  title={Do Ban the Box Laws Increase Crime?},
  author={Joseph J. Sabia and Taylor Mackay and Thanh Tam Nguyen and Dhaval M. Dave},
  journal={CJRN: Criminological Theory (Topic)},
Ban-the-box (BTB) laws, which prevent employers from asking prospective employees about their criminal histories at initial job screenings, are intended to increase employment opportunities and reduce economic incentives for crime. This study is the first to explore the relationship between BTB laws and crime. Using agency-by-month data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), we find that BTB laws are associated with a 10 percent increase in criminal incidents involving… 

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    Journal of Regulatory Economics
  • 2019
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