Racial Profiling, Statistical Discrimination, and the Effect of a Colorblind Policy on the Crime Rate

  title={Racial Profiling, Statistical Discrimination, and the Effect of a Colorblind Policy on the Crime Rate},
  author={David Bjerk},
  journal={LSN: Law \& Economics: Public Law (Topic)},
  • David Bjerk
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Law
  • LSN: Law & Economics: Public Law (Topic)
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