Jorgen M. Harris
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Los Angeles, CA 90041
Institutional Affiliation: Occidental College
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2020||Professional Interactions and Hiring Decisions: Evidence from the Federal Judiciary|
with Marco Battaglini, Eleonora Patacchini: w26726
We examine the effect of hearing cases alongside female judicial colleagues on the probability that a federal judge hires a female law clerk. Federal judges are assigned to cases and to judicial panels at random and have few limitations on their choices of law clerks: these two features make the federal court system a unique environment in which to study the effect of professional interactions and beliefs in organizations. We constructed a unique dataset by aggregating federal case records from 2007-2017 to collect information on federal judicial panels, and by merging this data with judicial hiring information from the Judicial Yellow Book, a directory of federal judges and clerks. We find that a one standard deviation increase in the fraction of co-panelists who are female increases a ju...