February 24, 2022

Diversity in Policing: The Role of Officer Race and Gender in Police-Civilian Interactions in Chicago, with D.Knox, J.Mummolo, and R.Rivera

Conférence de Bocar Ba
Jeudi 24 février 2022
11h45 à 12h30 inscription requise via ZOOM


Diversification is a widely proposed policing reform, but its impact is difficult to assess. We used records of millions of daily patrol assignments, determined through fixed rules and preassigned rotations that mitigate self-selection, to compare the average behavior of officers of different demographic profiles working in comparable conditions. Relative to white officers, Black and Hispanic officers make far fewer stops and arrests, and they use force less often, especially against Black civilians. These effects are largest in majority-Black areas of Chicago and stem from reduced focus on enforcing low-level offenses, with greatest impact on Black civilians. Female officers also use less force than males, a result that holds within all racial groups. These results suggest that diversity reforms can improve police treatment of minority communities.

bocar_3-1.jpg (thumb - 100 x 100 free)Biography

Dr. Ba is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Duke University. He studies the economics of crime. Previously Bocar was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke Economics and Penn Law, and faculty at UC Irvine. Bocar holds a Ph.D. and Master in Public Policy from UChicago and his BSc in Economics from UQAM.


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