Racial Bias in Bail Decisions

  title={Racial Bias in Bail Decisions},
  author={W. Dobbie and Crystal S. Yang and D. Arnold},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • W. Dobbie, Crystal S. Yang, D. Arnold
  • Published 2017
  • Economics, Psychology
  • NBER Working Paper Series
  • This paper 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 (1957) model of racial bias, which predicts that rates of pre-trial misconduct will be identical for marginal white and marginal black defendants if bail judges are racially unbiased. In contrast, marginal white defendants will have a higher probability of misconduct than marginal… CONTINUE READING


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