Racial Bias in Bail Decisions

@article{Arnold2018RacialBI,
  title={Racial Bias in Bail Decisions},
  author={David Arnold and Will Dobbie and Crystal S. Yang and David Arnold},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={2018}
}
This article develops a new test for identifying racial bias in the context of bail decisions—a high-stakes setting with large disparities between white and black defendants. We motivate our analysis using Becker’s model of racial bias, which predicts that rates of pretrial misconduct will be identical for marginal white and marginal black defendants if bail judges are racially unbiased. In contrast, marginal white defendants will have higher rates of misconduct than marginal black defendants… 
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