The Edge of Stigma: An Audit of the Effects of Low-Level Criminal Records on Employment

While misdemeanor convictions still negatively impact a job applicants' employment prospects, they are not as disqualifying as felony convictions. Both white and Black applicants with a misdemeanor arrest were approximately 4% less likely to receive a callback compared to their counterparts who did not have any arrest.


Uggen, C., Vuolo, M., Lageson, S., Ruhland, E., & Whitham, H. K. (2014). The Edge of Stigma: An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-Level Criminal Records on Employment. Criminology, 52(4), 627–654. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9125.12051

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/57029428/bc7775

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