In a recently published study, Daniel Shoag, an associate professor of economics at Weatherhead School of Management, Ban the Box policies were found to increase employment by as much as 4% for residents in underserved communities. Professor Shoag expressed satisfaction that the findings could, “help scores of people who otherwise may be unemployed or under-employed.”
Professor Shoag’s study also found that:
- Positive employment effects across multiple income and skill levels spread throughout urban and suburban areas; and,
- Banning the box stemmed a decades-long rise in the number of background checks conducted.
Professor Shoag’s research shows that Ban the Box laws can be effective place-based policies.