Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Working Papers (New Series)
The Unintended Consequences of Employer Credit Check Bans on Labor and Credit Markets
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.
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Kristle Romero Cortes & Andrew Glover & Murat Tasci, The Unintended Consequences of Employer Credit Check Bans on Labor and Credit Markets, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Working Papers (New Series) 162502, 10 Nov 2016, revised 10 Jan 2018.
Note: This paper was originally published in November of 2016 and a revision was published in October of 2017. This is the second revision of the paper.
- J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
- J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
- J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
Keywords: unemployment rate; credit score; credit check
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