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Racial profiling or racist policing? bounds tests in aggregate data

Ruben Hernandez-Murillo () and John Knowles ()

No 2004-012, Working Papers from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Abstract: State-wide reports on police traffic stops and searches summarize very large populations, making them potentially powerful tools for identifying racial bias, particularly when statistics on search outcomes are included. But when the reported statistics conflate searches involving different levels of police discretion, standard tests for racial bias are not applicable. This paper develops a model of police search decisions that allows for non-discretionary searches and derives tests for racial bias in data that mixes different search types. Our tests reject unbiased policing as an explanation of the disparate impact of motor-vehicle searches on minorities in Missouri

Keywords: Households; Public policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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Published in International Economic Review, August 2004, 45(3), pp. 959-89

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