Politics in the Courtroom: Political Ideology and Jury Decision Making

@article{Anwar2015PoliticsIT,
  title={Politics in the Courtroom: Political Ideology and Jury Decision Making},
  author={Shamena Anwar and P. Bayer and Randi Hjalmarsson},
  journal={Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  year={2015}
}
This paper uses data from the Gothenburg District Court in Sweden and a research design that exploits the random assignment of politically appointed jurors (termed namndeman) to make three contributions to the literature on jury decision-making: (i) an assessment of whether systematic biases exist in the Swedish namndeman system, (ii) causal evidence on the impact of juror political party on verdicts, and (iii) an empirical examination of the role of peer effects in jury decision-making. The… Expand
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