Perceived Criminality, Criminal Background Checks, and the Racial Hiring Practices of Employers*

@article{Holzer2006PerceivedCC,
  title={Perceived Criminality, Criminal Background Checks, and the Racial Hiring Practices of Employers*},
  author={Harry J. Holzer and Steven Raphael and Michael A. Stoll},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={2006},
  volume={49},
  pages={451 - 480}
}
In this paper, we analyze the effect of employer‐initiated criminal background checks on the likelihood that employers hire African Americans. We find that employers who check criminal backgrounds are more likely to hire African American workers, especially men. This effect is stronger among those employers who report an aversion to hiring those with criminal records than among those who do not. We also find similar effects of employer aversion to ex‐offenders and their tendency to check… Expand
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