Race, Poverty, and American Tort Awards: Evidence from Three Data Sets

  title={Race, Poverty, and American Tort Awards: Evidence from Three Data Sets},
  author={Eric A. Helland and Alexander Tabarrok},
  journal={The Journal of Legal Studies},
  pages={27 - 58}
We investigate the impact of the race and income of the jury pool on trial awards. The average tort award increases as black and Hispanic county population rates increase and especially as black and Hispanic county poverty rates increase. An increase in the black county poverty rate of 1 percentage point tends to raise the average personal injury tort award by 3–10 percent. An increase in the Hispanic county poverty rate of 1 percentage point tends to raise awards by as much as 7 percent… Expand
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