Does Banning the Box Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs? Evaluating the Effects of a Prominent Example

@article{Rose2021DoesBT,
  title={Does Banning the Box Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs? Evaluating the Effects of a Prominent Example},
  author={Evan K. Rose},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  year={2021},
  volume={39},
  pages={79 - 113}
}
  • Evan K. Rose
  • Published 2021
  • Business
  • Journal of Labor Economics
This paper uses administrative employment and conviction data to evaluate laws that restrict access to job seekers’ criminal records. Convictions generate decreases in employment and earnings, partly due to shifts toward lower-paying industries less likely to check criminal histories. However, a 2013 Seattle law barring employers from examining job seekers’ records until after an initial screening had negligible impacts on ex-offenders’ labor market outcomes. The results are consistent with… Expand
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