NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
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Does "Ban the Box" Help or Hurt Low-Skilled Workers? Statistical Discrimination and Employment Outcomes When Criminal Histories are Hidden

Jennifer L. Doleac, Benjamin Hansen

NBER Working Paper No. 22469
Issued in July 2016

---- Acknowledgements ----

Thanks to Amanda Agan, Shawn Bushway, David Eil, Kirabo Jackson, Jonathan Meer, Sonja Starr, and participants at the 2016 IRP Summer Research Workshop for helpful comments and conversations. Thanks also to Emily Fox and Anne Jordan for excellent research assistance. This study was generously supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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