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Judicial Favoritism of Politicians: Evidence from Small Claims Court

@article{Assumpcao2020JudicialFO,
  title={Judicial Favoritism of Politicians: Evidence from Small Claims Court},
  author={Andre Assumpcao and J. Trecenti},
  journal={arXiv: General Economics},
  year={2020}
}
Multiple studies have documented racial, gender, political ideology, or ethnical biases in comparative judicial systems. Supplementing this literature, we investigate whether judges rule cases differently when one of the litigants is a politician. We suggest a theory of power collusion, according to which judges might use rulings to buy cooperation or threaten members of the other branches of government. We test this theory using a sample of small claims cases in the state of S\~ao Paulo… Expand

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