Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment
44 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2017 Last revised: 22 Sep 2017
Date Written: January 27, 2017
In 2004, the grassroots civil rights organization All of Us or None, advocated for the implementation of Ban the Box (BTB) policies to improve the employment outcomes of the correctional population, especially within the public sector. However, scholars argue that young low-skilled minority males may be subject to employer use of statistical (racial) discrimination. The study employs quasi-experimental methods to identify the impact of BTB policies on public employment. In general, the study finds that BTB policies increase the odds of public employment for those with convictions by close to 40%; however, the study uncovers no evidence of statistical (racial) discrimination against young low-skilled minority males.
Keywords: Ban the Box, Convictions, Statistical Discrimination, Public Sector Employment
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