The Impact of Race on Policing and Arrests*

@article{DonohueIII2001TheIO,
  title={The Impact of Race on Policing and Arrests*},
  author={John J. Donohue III and Steven D. Levitt},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={2001},
  volume={44},
  pages={367 - 394}
}
Race has long been recognized as playing a critical role in policing. In spite of this awareness, there has been little previous research that attempts to quantitatively analyze the impact of officer race on tangible outcomes. In this paper, we examine the relationship between the racial composition of a city’s police force and the racial patterns of arrests. Increases in the number of minority police are associated with significant increases in arrests of whites but have little impact on… 

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