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A New Look at Racial Profiling: Evidence from the Boston Police Department
This paper provides new evidence on racial profiling using information on the race of both motorists and officers. Extending the model of Knowles, Persico, and Todd (2001), we develop a new test for
Are All the Good Men Married? Uncovering the Sources of the Marital Wage Premium
A longstanding and yet unsettled question in labor economics is: does marriage cause men's wages to rise? Cross-sectional wage studies consistently find that married men earn significantly higher
Games and Discrimination: Lessons from the Weakest Link
Empirically determining whether wage differentials arise because of discrimination is extremely difficult, and distinguishing between different theories of discrimination is harder still. This paper
Experimentation and Job Choice
In this article, we examine optimal job choices when jobs differ in the rate at which they reveal information about workers’ skills. We then analyze how the optimal level of experimentation changes
Affirmative Action Bans and the “Chilling Effect”
This paper examines whether California's Proposition 209, which led to the 1998 ban on the use of racial preferences in admissions at the University of California (UC) system, lowered the value that
The Effect of Banning Affirmative Action on College Admissions Policies and Student Quality
Evidence is presented that UC campuses changed the weight given to SAT scores, high school GPA, and family background in response to California’s ban on race-based affirmative action, and that these changes were able to substantially offset the fall in minority admissions rates.
The Effects of Gender Interactions in the Lab and in the Field
An important issue with conducting economic analysis in the lab is whether the results generalize to real-world environments where the stakes and subject pool are considerably different. We examine
The effect of banning affirmative action on human capital accumulation prior to college entry
This paper examines how banning affirmative action in university admissions affects both overall academic achievement and the racial gap in academic achievement prior to college entry. Focusing on
Statistical Discrimination and Intergenerational Income Mobility
This paper develops a dynamic model of statistical discrimination that accounts for intergenerational income mobility. It is shown that when income is transmitted across generations through parental
Were Minority Students Discouraged from Applying to University of California Campuses after the Affirmative Action Ban?
This paper uses student-level data to investigate how the college application behavior of underrepresented minorities (URMs) changed in response to the 1998 end of affirmative action in admissions at