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Taylor Mackay

University of California, Irvine
Department of Economics
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Irvine, CA 92697-5100

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March 2018Do Ban the Box Laws Increase Crime?
with Joseph J. Sabia, Thanh Tam Nguyen, Dhaval M. Dave: w24381
Ban-the-box (BTB) laws, which prevent employers from asking prospective employees about their criminal histories at initial job screenings, are intended to increase employment opportunities and reduce economic incentives for crime. This study is the first to explore the relationship between BTB laws and crime. Using agency-by-month data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), we find that BTB laws are associated with a 10 percent increase in criminal incidents involving Hispanic male arrestees. This finding is supported by parallel analysis using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) and is consistent with BTB law-induced job loss due to employer-based statistical discrimination. We find no evidence that BTB laws increase property crime am...
 
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