Economics Research Seminar

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

Sponsored by: Economics Department

Speaker(s): Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., Kent State University

Date & Time: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road, Room 118
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States

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

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