Ban-the-Box Measures Help High-Crime Neighborhoods

We show that these regulations increased employment of residents in high-crime neighborhoods by up to 4 percent, consistent with the central objective of these measures

Daniel Shoag; Stan Veuger

2021

Scholarcy highlights

  • Many localities have in recent years regulated the use of questions about criminal history in hiring, or “banned the box.”
  • We show that these regulations increased employment of residents in high-crime neighborhoods by up to 4 percent, consistent with the central objective of these measures
  • This effect can be seen in both aggregate employment patterns for high-crime neighborhoods and commuting patterns to workplace destinations with this type of ban
  • This is the first nationwide evidence that these policies do increase employment opportunities in neighborhoods with many ex-offenders

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