An Economic Analysis of Black-White Disparities in the New York Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk Program

@article{Coviello2015AnEA,
  title={An Economic Analysis of Black-White Disparities in the New York Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk Program},
  author={Decio Coviello and Nicola G. Persico},
  journal={The Journal of Legal Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={44},
  pages={315 - 360}
}
We introduce a model to explore the identification of two distinct sources of bias in the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program: the police officer making the stop decisions and the police chief allocating personnel across precincts. We analyze 10 years of data from the stop-and-frisk program in light of this theoretical framework. We find that white pedestrians are slightly less likely than African American pedestrians to be arrested conditional on being stopped. We interpret… 
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