Employer Access to Criminal History Data and the Employment of Young Black Men
Keith Finlay, University of California, Irvine
Criminal background checks have become a routine part of pre-employment screening. Since black men are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, increasing use of criminal background checks might have a significant employment effect for black men. Using a unique dataset on state availability of criminal history data over the Internet, I find that the relative employment of young black men was lowered by more than 2% in states that made the records of former criminal offenders available on the Internet compared with states that did not.
Presented in Session 47: Incarcerations and Labor Market Outcomes