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Ban the Box increases racial discrimination, study says

Ban the Box increases racial discrimination, study says

Advocates say Ban-the-Box laws, which limit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories, reduce unemployment rates among people with convictions. But according to a recent study, they also increase racial discrimination.

Amanda Agan of Princeton University and Sonja Starr of the University of Michigan sent about 15,000 fake online job applications to employers in New Jersey and New York City before and after those jurisdictions enacted laws to prevent employers from asking questions about criminal history on job applications or during interviews.

Researchers sent each employer two applications, identical except one was supposedly from a white man and...

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