An Economic Analysis of Black-White Disparities in NYPD's Stop and Frisk Program
We analyze data on NYPD's "stop and frisk program" in an effort to identify racial bias on the part of the police officers making the stops. We find that the officers are not biased against African Americans relative to whites, because the latter are being stopped despite being a "less productive stop" for a police officer.
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Decio Coviello and Nicola Persico, "An Economic Analysis of Black-White Disparities in the New York Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk Program," The Journal of Legal Studies 44, no. 2 (June 2015): 315-360.