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Criminal Background and Job Performance

People with criminal records are less likely to quit their jobs. Using data from nearly 74,000 people who applied and worked in customer service and sales positions between 2008 and 2014, the authors examined the hiring rate, length of employment and circumstances of job termination for people that had criminal records compared to those that did not, indicating that employees with criminal records are a better investment for employers.

Minor, D., Persico, N., & Weiss, D. M. (2018). Criminal background and job performance. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 7(1), 8.


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