Implicit Egoism in Sentencing Decisions: First Letter Name Effects with Randomly Assigned Defendants

@inproceedings{Chen2016ImplicitEI,
  title={Implicit Egoism in Sentencing Decisions: First Letter Name Effects with Randomly Assigned Defendants},
  author={Daniel L. Chen and J. J. Prescott},
  year={2016}
}
Implicit egotism—in particular, positive unconscious associations that individuals have with others who share their names or first initials—is a mainstay of modern psychology textbooks, but the interpretation of prior field studies has recently come under criticism for lack of adequate control, reverse causality, and ethnic heterogeneity. Using unique data from the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office on 48,988 defendants that were randomly assigned to judges from 1988-1999, we identify the… CONTINUE READING

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