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JUN 20, 2013 - The Economist

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Hiring ex-convicts: Between a rock and a lawsuit

IN 2001 Devah Pager, then a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, enlisted a group of 23-year-old male college students to pose as applicants for entry-level jobs advertised online and in a Milwaukee newspaper. Some of the students were black; some were white. Some were assigned a (fake) criminal record; others were not. In all they visited 350 employers.Ms Pager’s study showed two things. First, employers were reluctant to hire applicants with criminal records. (No surprise there.) Second, being black increased a criminal record’s negative effects. White ... Read More

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