Mason, Patrick L. (2007): Driving while black: do police pass the test? Published in: Driving while black: do police pass the test? , Vol. 14, (2007): pp. 79-113.
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Biased policing against racial and ethnic minorities is an important public policy issue. Theoretical analysis and empirical results on this issue has been plagued by an assortment of problems which confront research on the nature and significance of police discrimination against social groups. This paper presents and applies a nonparametric test that is robust to a host of methodological difficulties. We theoretically and empirically contrast our non-parametric test with other tests that are prominent in the literature. Utilizing data provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, our empirical results strongly reject the null hypothesis that FHP troopers of different races do not engage in racially biased searches of stopped drivers. More particularly, there is evidence of police bias against African American male and Latino drivers by all officers and no evidence of police bias against white male drivers by any group of officers.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Driving while black: do police pass the test?|
|Keywords:||biased policing; racial profiling; African Americans; discrimination and the law; police; evolutionary game|
|Subjects:||K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C73 - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games; Repeated Games
|Depositing User:||Patrick L. Mason|
|Date Deposited:||01. Nov 2008 01:58|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 11:19|
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