Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

How Dark is Dark? Bring Lights, Big City, Racial Profiling

Grogger and Ridgeway (2006) use the Daylight Savings Time shift to develop a police racial profiling test that is based on differences in driver race visibility and (hence) the race distribution of traffic stops across daylight and darkness. However, urban environments may be well-lit at night, eroding the power of their test. We refine their test using streetlight location data in Syracuse, NY, and the results change in the direction of finding profiling of black drivers. Our preferred specification suggests that the odds of a black driver being stopped (relative to nonblack drivers) increase 15% in daylight, compared to darkness.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.
Contact Information:

Teresa Kabat

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road, Room 118
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., Kent State University
Sponsored by: Economics Department
How Dark is Dark? Bring Lights, Big City, Racial Profiling


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