A blog posting by Walter Olsen, a senior fellow at Cato, continues a small but impactful line of research critical of the purported benefits of ban-the-box laws. CDIA does not necessarily oppose ban-the-box proposals if they are thoughtful and limited. That includes not pushing the criminal check too deep in to the search process. The Cato blog notes
A series of economic studies up to now has found not only a lack of statistical evidence for a positive effect from these laws, but even signs of a negative effect on the employment of young black men with no criminal records (because some employers will assume the worst if not allowed to ask; more from economist Jennifer Doleac of Texas A&M here and here). Despite this track record the laws have remained popular across the ideological spectrum, including some persons of generally free‐market inclination. The unpromising outcomes have not deterred Congress from passing bills like the one enacted last fall, or city and state governments from extending such laws to private employers, often in onerous ways.