Working Paper

The Unintended Consequences of Employer Credit Check Bans on Labor and Credit Markets


Abstract: Since the Great Recession, 11 states have restricted employers? access to the credit reports of job applicants. We document that county-level vacancies decline between 9.5 percent and 12.4 percent after states enact these laws. Vacancies decline significantly in affected occupations but remain constant in those that are exempt, and the decline is larger in counties with many subprime residents. Furthermore, subprime borrowers fall behind on more debt payments and reduce credit inquiries postban. The evidence suggests that, counter to their intent, employer credit check bans disrupt labor and credit markets, especially for subprime workers.

Keywords: unemployment rates; credit scores; credit check; ;

JEL Classification: J08; J23; J78;

https://doi.org/10.26509/frbc-wp-201625r2

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Working Papers (Old Series)

Publication Date: 2018-01-10

Number: 1625

Pages: 44 pages

Note: Second revision. First published in November 2016 and revised in October 2017.